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A Response to Mark D. White


  • Irene van Staveren


In this response to Mark D. White, I agree with White's clear distinction between Kant and deontology but reject the suggestion that I would have implied that virtue ethics is a more appropriate ethical foundation for economics than both utilitarianism and deontology. Moreover, I argue against any attempt at creating a hierarchy in ethical foundations for economics, including one that would put deontology first or a view, apparently entertained by White, which would (almost) equate virtue with moral duty, thereby reducing virtue ethics to deontology.

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  • Irene van Staveren, 2009. "A Response to Mark D. White," Review of Political Economy, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 21(2), pages 309-312.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:revpoe:v:21:y:2009:i:2:p:309-312
    DOI: 10.1080/09538250902834111

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