Skip to Main content Skip to Navigation
Preprints, Working Papers, ...

Liberté et société post-utilitariste

Abstract : Utilitarian foundations for limited government are shaky insofar as they assume rational and consistent individuals. Recently economists' assumption of rational actors has come under sustained attack. Behavioural economics has suggested that people are plagued by irrational biases and inconsistencies. The author elucidates how these developments have led to a post-utilitarianism which is held to justify paternalistic interventions by the state via 'sin taxes', direct bans or new obligations. Individual responsibility is seriously undermined, as is faith in markets. He concludes that supporters of individual freedom need to move away from utilitarian reasoning, reassert core values of autonomy and responsibility, and define strict limits on the scope of government intervention.
Document type :
Preprints, Working Papers, ...
Complete list of metadata

Cited literature [14 references]  Display  Hide  Download

https://halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr/halshs-00732424
Contributor : Caroline Bauer Connect in order to contact the contributor
Submitted on : Friday, September 14, 2012 - 3:54:47 PM
Last modification on : Thursday, September 22, 2022 - 10:42:08 AM
Long-term archiving on: : Saturday, December 15, 2012 - 3:48:09 AM

File

wp201236.pdf
Files produced by the author(s)

Identifiers

  • HAL Id : halshs-00732424, version 1

Citation

Gilles Saint-Paul. Liberté et société post-utilitariste. 2012. ⟨halshs-00732424⟩

Share

Metrics

Record views

305

Files downloads

337