Measurement Theory and the Foundations of Utilitarianism

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John a. Weymark;
  • Subject: Expected utility, measurement theory, utilitarianism, Harsanyi, von Neumann, Morgenstern | expected utility, utilitarianism, von Neumann-Morgenstern, Harsanyi
    • jel: jel:D63 | jel:D71 | jel:D81
    arxiv: Computer Science::Computer Science and Game Theory

Harsanyi used expected utility theory to provide two axiomatizations of weighted utilitarian rules. Sen (and later, Weymark) has argued that Harsanyi has not, in fact, axiomatized utilitarianism because he has misapplied expected utility theory. Specifically, Sen and We... View more
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