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Utilitarianism and Beyond

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ISBN-10: 0521287715

ISBN-13: 9780521287715

Edition: 1982

Authors: Amartya Sen, Bernard Williams

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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.
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Book details

List price: $33.99
Copyright year: 1982
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/10/1982
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 300
Size: 5.94" wide x 9.13" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Sartre is the dominant figure in post-war French intellectual life. A graduate of the prestigious Ecole Normale Superieure with an agregation in philosophy, Sartre has been a major figure on the literary and philosophical scenes since the late 1930s. Widely known as an atheistic proponent of existentialism, he emphasized the priority of existence over preconceived essences and the importance of human freedom. In his first and best novel, Nausea (1938), Sartre contrasted the fluidity of human consciousness with the apparent solidity of external reality and satirized the hypocrisies and pretensions of bourgeois idealism. Sartre's theater is also highly ideological, emphasizing the importance…    

Introduction: utilitarianism and beyond
Ethical theory and utilitarianism
Morality and the theory of rational behaviour
The economic uses of utilitarianism
Utilitarianism, uncertainty and information
Contractualism and utilitarianism
The diversity of goods
Morality and convention
Social unity and primary goods
On some difficulties of the utilitarian economist
Utilitarianism, information and rights
Sour grapes - utilitarianism and the genesis of wants
Liberty and welfare
Under which descriptions?
What's the use of going to school?