‘Quality of life’ is now a central theme in both political policies and patient care, and there is a Quality of Life Index. Additionally, many overlapping terms have been used in reports with their own tables such as the ‘World Happiness Report’, the ‘Where to be Born Index’ a ‘Livability Index’ and many similar surveys, giving comparative scores in different cities and countries.

But what do the various terms mean, are they compatible, and can they be measured?

Western governments also stress the importance of consumer choice in all spheres from health to education. But is unfettered consumer choice compatible with either quality of life or happiness?

The University of Bradford and The Royal Institute of Philosophy present a Public Lecture by Professor Robin Downie: Emeritus Professor of Moral Philosophy, Glasgow University, Wednesday 25 March 2015, 4pm at Richmond E1


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