Economics, Rational Choice and Normative Philosophy

Edited by Thomas Boylan, Ruvin Gekker

© 2009 – Routledge

192 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Following Amartya Sen’s insistence to expand the framework of rational choice theory by taking into account ‘non-utility information,’ economists, political scientists and philosophers have recently concentrated their efforts in analysing the issues related to rights, freedom, diversity intentions and equality. Thomas Boylan and Ruvin Gekker have gathered essays that reflect this trend.

The particular themes addressed in this volume include: the measurement of diversity and freedom, formal analysis of individual rights and intentions, judgment aggregation under constraints and strategic manipulation in fuzzy environments. Some papers in the volume also deal with philosophical aspects of normative social choice.

Table of Contents

I Diversity, rights, norms and intentions, 1. What is diversity? Nicholas Gravel, 2. Intentions, decisions and rationality Martin van Hees and Olivier Roy, 3. Waiving and exercising rights in the theory of social situations Ruvin Gekka, 4. Consequentialist choice and behaviour: a comparison Nicholas Baigent, II Social choice, judgment aggregation and rationality of legal order, 5. Social choice, fuzzy preferences and manipulations Juan Perote Pena and Ashley Piggins, 6. Judgment aggregation under constraints Franz Dietrich and Christian List, 7. Rationality and the legal order Gerald Pech, III Philosophical aspects of normative social choice, 8. Distributing causal responsibility in collectivities Matthew Braham and Manfred J. Holler,9. The logic of valuing Boudewijn de Bruin,10. Holistic defenses of rational choice theory: critique of Davidson and Pettit Thomas A. Boylan and Paschal F. O’Gorman

About the Editors

Thomas A. Boylan is a Personal Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Ruvin Gekker is a Lecturer of Economics in the Department of Economics at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

About the Series

Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy

In recent years, there has been widespread criticism of mainstream economics. This has taken many forms, from methodological critiques of its excessive formalism, to concern about its failure to connect with many of the most pressing social issues. This series provides a forum for research which is developing alternative forms of economic analysis. Reclaiming the traditional 'political economy' title, it refrains from emphasising any single school of thought, but instead attempts to foster greater diversity within economics.

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