What Ethics Can Learn From Experimental Economics - If Anything
AbstractRelying on the specific example of ultimatum bargaining experiments this paper explores the possible role of empirical knowledge of behavioural "norm(ative) facts" within the search for an inter-personal (W)RE - (Wide) Reflective Equilibrium on normative issues. Assuming that pro-social behaviour "reveals" ethical orientations, it is argued that these "norm-facts" can and should be used along with stated preferences in justificatory arguments of normative ethics and economics of the "means to given ends" variety.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Max-Planck-Institute of Economics in its series Jena Economic Research Papers with number 2008-062.
Date of creation: 12 Aug 2008
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Meta-Ethics; Experimental Economics; Reflective Equilibrium;
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- Güth, Werner & Kliemt, Hartmut, 2010. "What ethics can learn from experimental economics -- If anything," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 26(3), pages 302-310, September.
- D64 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Altruism; Philanthropy
- D7 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making
- K00 - Law and Economics - - General - - - General (including Data Sources and Description)
- Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Social and Economic Stratification
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