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Welfarism, preferencism, judgmentism

Dietrich, Franz (2006) Welfarism, preferencism, judgmentism. LSE Choice Group working paper series (vol. 3, no. 1). The Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS), London School of Economics, London, UK.

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In a single framework, I address the question of the informational basis for evaluating social states. I particularly focus on information about individual welfare, individual preferences and individual (moral) judgments, but the model is also open to any other informational input deemed relevant, e.g. sources of welfare and motivations behind preferences. In addition to proving some possibility and impossibility results, I discuss objections against using information about only one aspect (e.g. using only preference information). These objections suggest a multi-aspect informational basis for aggregation. However, the multi-aspect approach faces an impossibility result created by a lack of inter-aspect comparability. The impossibility could be overcome by measuring information on non-cardinal scales.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2006 The author
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 01 May 2009 13:47
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 23:04

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