Value in Ethics and Economics / Edition 1

Value in Ethics and Economics / Edition 1

by Elizabeth Anderson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674931904

ISBN-13: 9780674931909

Pub. Date: 08/11/1995

Publisher: Harvard


Elizabeth Anderson offers a new theory of value and rationality that rejects cost-benefit analysis in our social lives and in our ethical theories. This account of the plurality of values thus offers a new approach, beyond welfare economics and traditional theories of justice, for assessing the ethical limitations of the market. In this light, Anderson discusses…  See more details below

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Elizabeth Anderson offers a new theory of value and rationality that rejects cost-benefit analysis in our social lives and in our ethical theories. This account of the plurality of values thus offers a new approach, beyond welfare economics and traditional theories of justice, for assessing the ethical limitations of the market. In this light, Anderson discusses several contemporary controversies involving the proper scope of the market, including commercial surrogate motherhood, privatization of public services, and the application of cost-benefit analysis to issues of environmental protection.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674931909
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
08/11/1995
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
262
Sales rank:
325,905
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface

1. A Pluralist Theory of Value

A Rational Attitude Theory of Value

Ideals and Self-Assessment

How Goods Differ in Kind (I): Different Modes of Valuation

How Goods Differ in Kind (II): Social Relations of Realization

2. An Expressive Theory of Rational Action

Value and Rational Action

The Framing of Decisions

The Extrinsic Value of States of Affairs

Consequentialism

Practical Reason and the Unity of the Self

3. Pluralism and Incommensurable Goods

The Advantages of Consequentialism

A Pragmatic Theory of Comparative Value Judgments

Incommensurable Goods

Rational Choice among Incommensurable Goods

4. Self-Understanding, the Hierarchy of Values, and Moral Constraints

The Test of Self-Understanding

The Hierarchy of Values

Agent-Centered Restrictions

Hybrid Consequentialism

A Self-Effacing Theory of Practical Reason?

5. Criticism, Justification, and Common Sense

A Pragmatic Account of Objectivity

The Thick Conceptual Structure of the Space of Reasons

How Common Sense Can Be Self-Critical

Why We Should Ignore Skeptical Challenges to Common Sense

6. Monistic Theories of Value

Monism

Moore's Aesthetic Monism

Hedonism

Rational Desire Theory

7. The Ethical Limitations of the Market

Pluralism, Freedom, and Liberal Politics

The Ideals and Social Relations of the Modern Market

Civil Society and the Market

Personal Relations and the Market

PoliticalGoods and the Market

The Limitations of Market Ideologies

8. Is Women's Labor a Commodity?

The Case of Commercial Surrogate Motherhood

Children as Commodities

Women's Labor as a Commodity

Contract Pregnancy and the Status of Women

Contract Pregnancy, Freedom, and the Law

9.

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