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Preference and Information

1st Edition

By Dan Egonsson


176 pages

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Is it important to our quality of life that the preferences we satisfy are rational and well-informed? Standard preferentialist theories allege that a person's preferences and their satisfaction are the correct measure of well-being. In preference-sensitive theories, preferences are important but do not count for everything. This raises the question of whether we ought to make demands on these preferences. In this book Egonsson presents a critical analysis of the 'Full Information Account of the Good', which claims that only the satisfaction of rational and fully informed preferences has value for a person. The problems he deals with include: how is an information requirement to be formulated and shaped? Is it possible to design a requirement that is both neutral to the agent's epistemic situation and reasonable? Is the requirement reasonable? Does it make sense to claim that some are better off if we satisfy the preferences they would have had in some merely hypothetical circumstances? This is an important new book on preference rationality which will be of great interest to academics and students of ethics, quality of life, and rationality.


'Anyone concerned with questions about welfare, preferentism, or the rationality of desire will find this book fascinating. Those who come to it thinking that full information accounts are fundamentally right will quickly learn that their favored approach confronts unexpected difficulties; those who are inclined to dismiss the full information approach will quickly learn that, in the hands of a creative advocate, the theory can be developed in new ways that accommodate some profoundly difficult cases. Those who come to it with an open mind will find much to ponder in this subtle, thoughtful, and deeply imaginative book.' Fred Feldman, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, MA

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Introduction; Analysing disappointment; The quantitative element; The qualitative element; The qualitative element criticized; Comparing examples; Truth and deliberation; Intrinsic and final preferences; Strongly intrinsic preferences; A problem of hypothetical approval; Hypothetical approval in medicine; Summary and conclusions; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author

Dan Egonsson is Reader in the Department of Philosophy, Lund University, Sweden.

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