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    DescriptionIn this elegant critique, Amartya Sen argues that a closer contact between welfare economics and modern ethical studies can substantively enrich and benefit both disciplines.He argues further that even predictive and descriptive economics can be helped by making more room for welfare economic considerations in the explanation of behavior, especially in production relations, which inevitably involve problems of cooperation as well as conflict. The concept of rationality of behaviour is thoroughly proved in this context, with particular attention paid to social interdependence and internal tensions within consequentialist reasoning. In developing his general theme, Sen also investigates some related matters: the misinterpretation of Adam Smith's views on the role of self-seeking: the plausibility of an objectivist approach that attaches importance to subjective evaluations: and the admissibility of incompleteness and of 'inconsistencies' in the form of overcompleteness in rational evaluation. Sen also explores the role and importance of freedom in assessing well-being as well as choice. Sen's contributions to economics and ethics have greatly strengthened the theoretical bases of both disciplines: this appraisal of the connections between the two subjects and their possible development will be welcomed for the clarity and depth it contributes to the debate. These essays are based on the Royer Lectures delivered at the University of California, Berkeley.


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    Title
    On Ethics and Economics
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Amartya K. Sen
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 148
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 218 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 159 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780631164012
    ISBN 10: 0631164014
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    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SOC
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.3
    BISAC V2.8: PHI005000
    BIC subject category V2: HPQ, KCA
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    Libri: I-BE
    B&T General Subject: 610
    DC20: 174.4
    DC22: 174.4
    BISAC V2.8: BUS069000
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: JKSB
    Abridged Dewey: 174
    BISAC V2.8: BUS008000
    LC classification: HB72 .S434 1987, HB72.S434
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    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    Publisher
    John Wiley and Sons Ltd
    Imprint name
    BLACKWELL PUBLISHERS
    Publication date
    08 January 1991
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Amartya Sen is Lamont University Professor at Harvard University. He is affiliated with the Departments of Economics and Philosophy.
    Review quote
    "Sen is one of the true pioneers in modern economics. He has, in effect, created a new branch of the subject... which might one day change mainstream economics beyond recognition." The Economist "Professor Sen's thoughts on both philosophy and economics are not only highly original but they are ... presented with a compelling and consummate literary skill." Times Higher Education Supplement "Sen has never acknowledged a boundary between economics and ethics. He brings philosophical arguments to bear where they are needed in economics, and combines them skillfully with formal analysis." London Review of Books
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    In this elegant critique, Amartya Sen argues that a closer contact between welfare economics and modern ethical studies can substantively enrich and benefit both disciplines. He argues further that even predictive and descriptive economics can be helped by making more room for welfare economic considerations in the explanation of behavior, especially in production relations, which inevitably involve problems of cooperation as well as conflict. The concept of rationality of behaviour is thoroughly proved in this context, with particular attention paid to social interdependence and internal tensions within consequentialist reasoning. In developing his general theme, Sen also investigates some related matters; the misinterpretation of Adam Smith's views on the role of self-seeking; the plausibility of an objectivist approach that attaches importance to subjective evaluations; and the admissibility of incompleteness and of 'inconsistencies' in the form of overcompleteness in rational evaluation. Sen also explores the role and importance of freedom in assessing well-being as well as choice. Sen's contributions to economics and ethics have greatly strengthened the theoretical bases of both disciplines; this appraisal of the connections between the two subjects and their possible development will be welcomed for the clarity and depth it contributes to the debate. These essays are based on the Royer Lectures delivered at the University of California, Berkeley.
    Table of contents
    Foreword: John M. Letiche. Preface. 1. Economic Behaviour and Moral Sentiments. Two Origins. Achievements and Weakness. Economic Behaviour and Rationality. Rationality as Consistency. Self-interest and Rational Behaviour. Adam Smith and Self-interest. 2. Economic Judgements and Moral Philosophy. Interpersonal Comparisons of Utility. Pareto Optimality and Economic Efficiency. Utility, Pareto Optimality and Welfarism. Well-being and Agency. Valuing and Value. Agency and Well-being: Distinction and Interdependence. Utility and Well-being. Achievements, Freedom and Rights. Self-interest and Welfare Economics. Rights and Freedom. 3. Freedom and Consequences. Well-being, Agency and Freedom. Plurality and Evaluation. Incompletenes and Overcompleteness. Conflicts and Impasse. Rights and Consequence. Consequential Assessment and Deontology. Ethics and Economics. Welfare, Goals and Choices. Conduct, Ethics and Economics. References. Author Index. Subject Index.