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Individual preferences and social justice

By Álvaro de Vita


The article examines John Harsanyi's influential account on welfarism, according to which the satisfaction of individual preferences ought to be seen as the ultimate foundation of our social welfare (or social justice) judgments. The author argues that welfarism provides a very defective morality and that we should strive to identify a non-subjective moral foundation to interpersonal comparison of well-being

Topics: John Harsanyi, Individual preferences, Social justice, Welfarism, Social welfare judgments, Social sciences (General), H1-99, Social Sciences, H, DOAJ:Social Sciences
Publisher: Associação Nacional de Pós-Graduação e Pesquisa em Ciências Sociais (ANPOCS)
Year: 2000
DOI identifier: 10.1590/S0102-69092000000500007
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