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Utilitarianism and beyond

edited by Amartya Sen and Bernard Williams

Cambridge University Press , Editions de la maison des sciences de l'homme, 1982

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  • : pbk

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A volume of studies of utilitarianism considered both as a theory of personal morality and a theory of public choice. All but two of the papers have been commissioned especially for the volume, and between them they represent not only a wide range of arguments for and against utilitarianism but also a first-class selection of the most interesting and influential work in this very active area. There is also a substantial introduction by the two editors. The volume will constitute an important stimulus and point of reference for a wide range of philosophers, economists and social theorists.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Introduction: utilitarianism and beyond Amartya Sen and Bernard Williams
  • 1. Ethical theory and utilitarianism R. M. Hare
  • 2. Morality and the theory of rational behaviour John C. Harsanyi
  • 3. The economic uses of utilitarianism J. A. Mirrlees
  • 4. Utilitarianism, uncertainty and information Peter J. Hammond
  • 5. Contractualism and utilitarianism T. M. Scanlon
  • 6. The diversity of goods Charles Taylor
  • 7. Morality and convention Stuart Hampshire
  • 8. Social unity and primary goods John Rawls
  • 9. On some difficulties of the utilitarian economist Frank Hahn
  • 10. Utilitarianism, information and rights Partha Dasgupta
  • 11. Sour grapes - utilitarianism and the genesis of wants Jon Elster
  • 12. Liberty and welfare Isaac Levi
  • 13. Under which descriptions? Frederic Schick
  • 14. What's the use of going to school? Amy Gutmann
  • Bibliography.

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