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  • Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement, Volume 59
  • December 2006, pp. 131-154

Preference, Deliberation and Satisfaction


In his famous lecture on ‘The Concept of Preference’ Amartya Sen (1982) opened up the topic of preference and preference-satisfaction to critical, philosophical debate. He pointed out that preference in the sense in which choice reveals one’s preference need not be preference in the sense in which people are personally better off for having their preferences satisfied. And on the basis of that observation he built a powerful critique of some common assumptions in welfare economics.

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Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplements
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