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Ethics and Social Economics: ASE Presidential Address, January 2004, San Diego, California

Charles Wilber

Review of Social Economy, 2004, vol. 62, issue 4, 425-439

Abstract: In this talk I pull together my past work on the role of ethics in economic theory. In doing so I note that mainstream economic theory is permeated with an ethical viewpoint and that any alternative approach, including social economics, necessarily must be so also. I outline the alternative theories of normative ethics and illustrate how they impact the doing of economics and the setting of economic policies. But this is just a beginning. A major challenge for social economists is to carry forward the task of incorporating a richer ethics into the practice of economics.

Keywords: commodification; consequentialist; deontological; preference sovereignty; self interest; value permeation; virtue theory; world view (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2004
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DOI: 10.1080/0034676042000296209

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