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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press (May 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804768943
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804768948
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,543,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This remarkable book provides a new ethical perspective for economics based on Kantian ethics of autonomy and dignity. ... The author has upheld the interdisciplinary appeal of the topic, demonstrating an outstanding knowledge of the vast literature on ethics (both Kantian and not) and economics." - Journal of the History of Philosophy

"Mark D. White's book on Kantian Ethics and Economics is an outstanding example of mastery in both fields, representing a systematic application of Kantian ethics to contemporary economics." - Review of Social Economy

"There is much here that will repay careful reading . . . This is a particularly worthwhile read for Christian economists, not only for its intriguing secular insights, but also for its critique of normative economics from premises which are similar but not identical to the Christian concept of human dignity . . . A Christian economist who wants to explore the implications of human dignity for normative economics will find an important ally in White."—Andrew M. Yuengart, Faith and Economics


"Here we have a robust, well-conceived and serious book. It is a breath of fresh air, which improves understanding of preference structures in economic decision models that are better suited to the reality of normal economic science . . . this is a well-penned text from a literary perspective; it exudes dexterity, fluency, and boasts a refined sense of humor."—José Fernández, Ethical Perspectives


"White objects that the emphasis on inclinations and beliefs makes economics careless of rights, dignity, and autonomy . . . His book is a careful reproach to a discipline too often oblivious to individual rights because they are preoccupied by aggregate market efficiency . . . Economists reading White's book will find much to value."—David Weissman, Clio


"Mark D. White's book on Kantian Ethics and Economics is an outstanding example of mastery in both fields. . . [A] treatise written in a way that is accessible to graduates and to all economists, increasing the reader's knowledge without being too demanding in terms of pre-existing knowledge."—Stefano Solari, Review of Social Economy


"This remarkable book provides a new ethical perspective for economics based on Kantian ethics of autonomy and dignity . . . [It] is clearly written, and the author has upheld the interdisciplinary appeal of the topic, demonstrating an outstanding knowledge of the vast literature on ethics (both Kantian and not) and economics. White's emphasis on the irreducibility of moral principles is absolutely relevant for current economics and political debates."—Ivan Boldyrev, Journal of the History of Philosophy

About the Author

Mark D. White is Professor in the Department of Political Science, Economics, and Philosophy at the College of Staten Island and The Graduate Center, CUNY. He has edited several books, the most recent of which are Accepting the Invisible Hand and The Thief of Time.

More About the Author

Mark D. White is Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at the College of Staten Island/CUNY, where he teaches courses in philosophy, law, and economics. He is the author of "Kantian Ethics and Economics: Autonomy, Dignity, and Character" (Stanford University Press), "The Manipulation of Choice" and "The Illusion of Well-Being" (both from Palgrave Macmillan), and "The Virtues of Captain America: Modern-Day Lessons on Character from a World War II Superhero" (Wiley-Blackwell), as well as over 40 journal articles and book chapters in the intersections between economics, philosophy, and law. He has edited or co-edited a number of books on these subjects, including "The Thief of Time: Philosophical Essays on Procrastination" (with Chrisoula Andreou) and "Retributivism: Essays on Theory and Policy" (both from Oxford University Press). He is also a frequent contributor and editor in the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series, which introduces readers to basic philosophical concepts using the movies, TV shows, comic books, and music that they love. His latest edited volume in the series is "Superman and Philosophy"; he has also edited or co-edited volumes on Batman, Watchmen, Iron Man, Green Lantern, and the Avengers.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By art5 on July 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The book is an impressively in-depth account of Kant's ethics and how it contrasts with--or can augment--the view of human nature proposed in economics. There are few texts that are as comprehensive in the examination of the literature (on moral theory and economics), and there is no author that understands both Kant's writings on ethics (including the scholarship on Kant) and the economic view of human nature as well as White. He also brings Kant's moral theory to bear on the economics of law and behavioral economics. In Chapter 5, he nicely covers an increasingly poignant issue today, the use of behavioral economics in designing social policy and what this means for individual autonomy. I highly recommend the book for students of economics and philosophy or law, or those interested in the motivating philosophy of economic policies (especially of the libertarian ilk). It identifies key points of conflict in the ways of thinking that may go undetected in a training focused in one discipline.
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