Utility Maximization, Morality, and Religion

  title={Utility Maximization, Morality, and Religion},
  author={J. Leightner},
  journal={Journal of Economic Issues},
  pages={375 - 381}
  • J. Leightner
  • Published 2005
  • Economics
  • Journal of Economic Issues
One of the most important foundation stones for neoclassical economics is utility maximization theory. This theory assumes that all choices are made to maximize the chooser's utility, happiness, or pleasure. The theory can be expanded by explaining that what maximizes a chooser's utility, happiness, or pleasure is achieving his or her goals. Goals can run the entire gamut from complete self-indulgence to saving others (a goal that may require self-sacrifice, as it did for Martin Luther King, Jr… Expand
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