« Read for free: Fontana and Sawyer, "Towards Post-Keynesian Ecological Macroeconomics" | Main | Pietrykowski, "Participatory Economic Research: Benefits and Challenges of Incorporating Participatory Research into Social Economics" »

01/19/2016

White, "Judgment: Balancing Principle and Policy" (2014 ASE Presidential Address)

ROSEJudgment is an element of decision-making that is of critical importance to both ethics and economics but remains underappreciated in both. In this paper, I describe one conception of moral judgment, drawn from the moral philosophy of Immanuel Kant and the legal philosophy of Ronald Dworkin, in which an agent weighs and balances the various moral duties and principles relevant to a choice situation in a way that maintains the integrity of her moral character. After explaining the foundations and uses of judgment in ethics, I discuss its importance to two areas of economic modeling, individual choice and policy-making, both of which can be enhanced by incorporating judgment alongside more basic ethical motivations and concerns.

Mark D. White, "Judgment: Balancing Principle and Policy," Review of Social Economy, 73/3 (2015), pp. 223-241.

(The video of the presidential address can be found here.)

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment