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Justice, political liberalism, and utilitarianism : themes from Harsanyi and Rawls
Fleurbaey, Marc.
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008.
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xii, 460 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.


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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.

Table of Contents

1 An introduction to justice, political liberalism, and utilitarianismMarc Fleurbaey and Maurice Salles and John A. Weymark
Part I Themes from Rawls
2 John Rawls's theory of justice: some critical commentsJohn C. Harsanyi
3 Rawls, responsibility, and distributive justiceRichard Arneson
4 Improving our ethical beliefsJames Griffin
Part II Harsanyi's Impartial Observer and Social Aggregation Theorems
5 Harsanyi's impartial observer is not a utilitarianJohn E. Roemer
6 Social aggregation and the expected utility hypothesisCharles Blackorby and David Donaldson and John A. Weymark
7 A welfarist version of Harsanyi's aggregation theoremClaude d'Aspremont and Philippe Mongin
8 Preference aggregation afterHarsanyi Matthias Hild and Richard Jeffrey and Mathias Risse
Part III Goodness and Well-Being
9 Can there be a preference-based utilitarianism?John Broome
10 and the search for a common currency of advantageHarsanyi and Rawls and Robert Sugden
11 Utilitarianism versus fairness in welfare economicsMarc Fleurbaey and Francois Maniquet
12 Rationality and want-satisfactionBrian Barry
Part IV Sharing the Gains from Social Cooperation
13 NaturalizingHarsanyi and Rawls Ken Binmore
14 The social contract naturalizedBrian Skyrms
15 An alternative model of rational cooperationEdward F. McClennen
Part V Rights and Liberties
16 Republican political theoryPhilip Pettit
17 Rule utilitarianism and liberal prioritiesJonathan Riley