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Kantian Ethics and Economics: Autonomy, Dignity, and Character

Mark White


This book introduces the moral philosophy of Immanuel Kant—in particular, the concepts of autonomy, dignity, and character—to economic theory, explaining the importance of integrating these two streams of intellectual thought. Mainstream economics is rooted in classical utilitarianism, recommending that decision makers choose the options that are expected to generate the largest net benefits. For individuals, the standard economic model fails to incorporate the role of principles in decision-making, and also denies the possibility of true choice, which can be independent of preferences and pri ... More

Keywords: ethics, Immanuel Kant, autonomy, dignity, character, economic theory, welfare economics, decision-making, human choice, moral philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780804768948
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804768948.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark White, author