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What Preferences Really Are
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Philosophy.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8256-8446
2018 (English)In: Philosophy of science (East Lansing), ISSN 0031-8248, E-ISSN 1539-767X, Vol. 85, no 4, p. 660-681Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Daniel M. Hausman holds that preferences in economics are total subjective comparative evaluations—subjective judgments to the effect that something is better than something else all things told—and that economists are right to employ this conception of preference. Here, I argue against both parts of Hausman’s thesis. The failure of Hausman’s account, I continue, reflects a deeper problem, that is, that preferences in economics do not need an explicit definition of the kind that he seeks. Nonetheless, Hausman’s labors were not in vain: his accomplishment is that he has articulated a useful model of the theory.

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2018. Vol. 85, no 4, p. 660-681
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-154896DOI: 10.1086/699193ISI: 000444500000006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-154896DiVA, id: diva2:1195702
Available from: 2018-04-06 Created: 2018-04-06 Last updated: 2018-10-15Bibliographically approved

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