The Utility Concept in Value Theory and Its Critics

  title={The Utility Concept in Value Theory and Its Critics},
  author={J. Viner},
  journal={Journal of Political Economy},
  pages={638 - 659}
In the recent literature on economic methodology, of which an outstanding characteristic has been the demonstration on a priori grounds of the lack of validity of the a priori method, protests recur, resting also on a priori grounds, against the conduct of economic analysis in welfare terms. One basis for such protests is that welfare is an ethical concept, involving the making of ethical evaluations, and that such evaluations are repugnant to the inherent nature of uncorrupted scientific… Expand
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