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Liberal Utilitarianism. Social Choice Theory and J. S. Mill's Philosophy.

Riley, Jonathan.

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ISBN 10: 0521306922 / ISBN 13: 9780521306928
Published by Cambridge University Press. Cambridge., 1988
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Black cloth hardcover with gilt lettering, 8vo. [i]-xiv, 1-398 pages, including Epilogue, Notes, Bibliography, and Index. Remnants of price sticker on front paste-down, otherwise a very good, clean, tight copy; Dust Jacket shows light edgewear, otherwise very good. Bookseller Inventory # 13359

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Title: Liberal Utilitarianism. Social Choice Theory...

Publisher: Cambridge University Press. Cambridge.

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: First Edition..

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This is a book about liberal democratic values and their implications for the design of political institutions. Its distinctive feature is the use of some simple mathematical techniques (known as social choice theory) to clarify and defend a rather complex utilitarian conception of the liberal democratic 'way of life' based on John Stuart Mill's work. More specifically, the text focuses on three well-known 'social choice paradoxes' which are commonly held to destroy any possibility of an ideal harmony among liberal democratic values; and draws upon suggestions implicit in Mill's writings to develop an ethically appealing liberal democratic social choice framework in which the aforementioned paradoxes no longer cause concern. The revised framework is a rather complex version of utilitarianism and should be of special interest to welfare economists, social choice theorists, democratic political theorists and philosophers concerned with utilitarian ethics.

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This is a book about liberal democratic values and their implications for the design of political institutions. Its distinctive feature is the use of some simple mathematical techniques (known as social choice theory) to clarify and defend a rather complex utilitarian conception of the liberal democratic 'way of life' based on John Stuart Mill's work.

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