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Economic Analysis, Moral Philosophy and Public Policy Hardcover – March 20, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0521846295 ISBN-10: 0521846293 Edition: 2nd

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  • Hardcover: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (March 20, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521846293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521846295
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,815,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Excellent guides to further reading: comprehensive references and index. Highly recommended.” -- Choice

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Economic Analysis, Moral Philosophy and Public Policy, first published in 2006, shows through accessible argument and numerous examples how understanding moral philosophy can improve economic analysis, how moral philosophy can benefit from economists' analytical tools, and how economic analysis and moral philosophy together can inform public policy.

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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kareem Khalifa on January 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
I decided to use parts of this book for an undergraduate course that examines social issues from both a philosophical and economic perspective. For those teaching courses similar to mine, I'd suggest using this book only as a supplement. As a philosopher, I was particularly disappointed with the lack of rigorous argumentation in the book. The chapters tend to be structured as, "Economists typically do X. However, X involves takes many philosophical ideas Y for granted. Here is Y, and here are some alternatives to Y." Pedagogically, I would have liked to have seen deeper discussion as to the arguments for and against Y and its alternatives. Right now, the book requires its readers to do a lot of work to figure out: (a) why the differences between rival conceptions of welfare, liberty, equality, and justice really matter, and (b) the relative strengths and weaknesses of these rival conceptions. All this being said, this book might work better for economists trying to get their feet wet in social and political philosophy than for philosophers trying to do the opposite.
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sean Stevens on October 15, 2012
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This is a truly abysmal book; I read it for an undergraduate economics course. This is a dry exposition on a cascade of seemingly arbitrary topics. There is no organization or structure. I would not recommend reading or buying. I am sure there are far better books on the subject matter.
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