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Justice, Political Liberalism, and Utilitarianism
Themes from Harsanyi and Rawls

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Marc Fleurbaey, Maurice Salles, John A. Weymark, John C. Harsanyi, Richard Arneson, James Griffin, John E. Roemer, Charles Blackorby, David Donaldson, Claude d'Aspremont, Philippe Mongin, Matthias Hild, Richard Jeffrey, Mathias Risse, John Broome, Robert Sugden, François Maniquet, Brian Barry, Ken Binmore, Brian Skyrms, Edward F. McClennen, Philip Pettit, Jonathan Riley
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  • Date Published: December 2010
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521184298

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  • The utlitiarian economist and Nobel Laureate John Harsanyi and the liberal egalitarian philosopher John Rawls were two of the most eminent scholars writing on problems of social justice in the last century. The contributions to this volume, addressed to an interdisciplinary audience, pay tribute to them by investigating themes that figure prominently in their work. In some cases, the contributors explore issues considered by Harsanyi and Rawls in more depth and from novel perspectives. In others, the contributors use the work of Harsanyi and Rawls as points of departure for pursuing the construction of new theories for the evaluation of social justice.

    • Essays explore core questions of social justice drawing on the work of Nobel Laureate John Harsanyi and distinguished political philosopher John Rawls
    • Major themes of utilitarianism and liberal egalitarianism are reconsidered
    • Contributions come from world-renowned economists and philosophers
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    "As befits a joint tribute to Harsanyi and Rawls, this edited collection explores overlapping themes from the disciplines of philosophy, politics, and economics - especially their connections via the theories of games and of ethical social choice, for which both these scholars' work had such enormous significance. There are notable contributions by 23 eminent authors, including Harsanyi himself, nearly all of whom have several earlier publications that have become widely recognized as valuable interdisciplinary contributions. Much value is added by the three editors' unusually thorough introduction, explicitly designed to relate each later contribution to the topics mentioned in the title. As a whole, the book serves as an overdue and fitting reminder not only of our great debts to Harsanyi and Rawls in particular, but also of how philosophy, politics, and economics have always had some close links. Moreover, many chapters exemplify very well how there will always be interesting recent developments in any one of these three disciplines that should be of great interest to practitioners in the other two." - Peter Hammond, University of Warwick

    "This is a collection of authoritative essays on utilitarianism, justice, and liberalism by eminent scholars. The editors are to be thanked for this exceptionally stimulating volume which explores some of the central issues in political and social philosophy." - Prasanta K. Pattanaik, University of California, Riverside

    "This is a state of the art collection of essays on the works of Rawls and Harsanyi with a superb introduction. Economists and philosophers with interests in well being, social aggregation, cooperation, or liberty will want to read this volume." - Peter Vallentyne, University of Missouri-Columbia

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    • Date Published: December 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521184298
    • length: 474 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.69kg
    • availability: Manufactured on demand: supplied direct from the printer
  • Table of Contents

    1. An introduction to justice, political liberalism, and utilitarianism Marc Fleurbaey, Maurice Salles and John A. Weymark
    Part I. Themes from Rawls:
    2. John Rawls's theory of justice: some critical comments John C. Harsanyi
    3. Rawls, responsibility, and distributive justice Richard Arneson
    4. Improving our ethical beliefs James Griffin
    Part II. Harsanyi's Impartial Observer and Social Aggregation Theorems:
    5. Harsanyi's impartial observer is not a utilitarian John E. Roemer
    6. Social aggregation and the expected utility hypothesis Charles Blackorby, David Donaldson and John A. Weymark
    7. A welfarist version of Harsanyi's aggregation theorem Claude d'Aspremont and Philippe Mongin
    8. Preference aggregation after Harsanyi Matthias Hild, Richard Jeffrey and Mathias Risse
    Part III. Goodness and Well-Being:
    9. Can there be a preference-based utilitarianism? John Broome
    10. Harsanyi, Rawls and the search for a common currency of advantage Robert Sugden
    11. Utilitarianism versus fairness in welfare economics Marc Fleurbaey and François Maniquet
    12. Rationality and want-satisfaction Brian Barry
    Part IV. Sharing the Gains from Social Cooperation
    13. Naturalizing Harsanyi and Rawls Ken Binmore
    14. The social contract naturalized Brian Skyrms
    15. An alternative model of rational cooperation Edward F. McClennen
    Part V. Rights and Liberties:
    16. Republican political theory Philip Pettit
    17. Rule utilitarianism and liberal priorities Jonathan Riley.

  • Editors

    Marc Fleurbaey, Université de Paris V

    Maurice Salles, Université de Caen, France

    John A. Weymark, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee

    Contributors

    Marc Fleurbaey, Maurice Salles, John A. Weymark, John C. Harsanyi, Richard Arneson, James Griffin, John E. Roemer, Charles Blackorby, David Donaldson, Claude d'Aspremont, Philippe Mongin, Matthias Hild, Richard Jeffrey, Mathias Risse, John Broome, Robert Sugden, François Maniquet, Brian Barry, Ken Binmore, Brian Skyrms, Edward F. McClennen, Philip Pettit, Jonathan Riley

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