Ex Ante Desire and Post Hoc Satisfaction
Baber (Harriet E.)
Source: Campbell, O'Rourke & Silverstein - Time and Identity, III - The Self, Chapter 12
Paper - Abstract

Paper StatisticsBooks / Papers Citing this PaperDisclaimer


  1. A natural way of elaborating Perry's "centers of agency" is the desire satisfaction account of well-being (pursued by Parfit)2. We often define ourselves by our desires or long-term plans; we look forward to having those desires fulfilled — that benefits us. But our desires often change: what I wanted ten years ago is not what I want now.
  2. Harriet Baber addresses this problem for the desire satisfaction model of well-being, claiming that the satisfaction even of preferences I can no longer identify with does benefit us, even if we are not better off, even if we don't appreciate our desires being satisfied.
  3. This stance leaves us better able to make sense of the obscure artist who only benefits after her death. Baber defends the view that we benefit when the desires are satisfied.

In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 1: Taken from p. 18 of "Slater (Matthew H.) - Framing the Problems of Time and Identity", footnotes removed (for now).

Text Colour Conventions (see disclaimer)

  1. Blue: Text by me; © Theo Todman, 2019
  2. Mauve: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); © the author(s)

© Theo Todman, June 2007 - June 2019. Please address any comments on this page to theo@theotodman.com. File output:
Website Maintenance Dashboard
Return to Top of this Page Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page Return to Theo Todman's Home Page