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date: 25 May 2022

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This article explains the discrepancy between well-being in philosophy and well-being in science, and discusses well-being variantism (WBV). It also describes development economics, gerontology, and the study of child well-being. The existence of a variety of measures of a country's well-being is not necessarily evidence of the existence of a variety of notions of well-being. The study of well-being across social and medical sciences does not present a unified front with similar definitions of constructs and measurement instruments. WBV does not imply that what well-being amounts to in a given situation is solely a matter of taste, opinion, or psychological makeup, whether of the judge or the subject. It needs not to maintain that for every existing notion of well-being, there is a context in which it applies. WBV need not to deny that sometimes several context-specific constructs of well-being are needed to combine into a more general notion.

Keywords: well-being variantism, philosophy, science, child well-being, development economics, gerontology

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