Wednesday, August 31, 2011

So what does this lead to?

So let me summarize the ways I very much agree with Sen:

- we have to think about actual lives and realized outcomes, not abstract rules and institutions alone. What matters is the substance and outcomes, not just the process.

- we need to have a wider conception of rationality - reasonableness and the test of public discussion and criticism

- impartiality is important, but not everything

- we cannot simply rule out some of the most important questions - of ends, of purpose, of comparing utility across and between people - on methodological grounds.

- many problems of social choice and collective action come about because we restrict the information about people's purposes and preferences too much. The solution to a lot of social problems (including the limits of voting) is a richer set of information.

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