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Utility and Justice: French Liberal Economists in the 19th Century


  • Nathalie Sigot

    () (PHARE - Pôle d'Histoire de l'Analyse et des Représentations Economiques - UP1 - Université Panthéon-Sorbonne - UPN - Université Paris Nanterre - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)


French liberal economists share a very surprising reading of Bentham's theory. In this paper, we underline the method according to which these French liberal economists in the nineteenth century economists understand Bentham's utilitarianism: they consider that utilitarianism deals with 'utility' but disregards justice. Such an interpretation appears when they tried to oppose the 'French school' and 'English school' of economics as well as when they discussed the foundation of property rights.

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  • Nathalie Sigot, 2010. "Utility and Justice: French Liberal Economists in the 19th Century," Post-Print hal-00637265, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-00637265
    DOI: 10.1080/09672560903552546
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    1. Philippe Poinsot, 2010. "The foundations of justice in Jules Dupuit's thought," The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 17(4), pages 793-812.
    2. Yefimov, Vladimir, 2013. "От Машин Удовольствия К Моральным Сообществам (Размышления Над Новой Книгой Джеффри Ходжсона)
      [From pleasure machines to moral communities (Reflections on a new book by Geoffrey Hodgson)]
      ," MPRA Paper 49024, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Yefimov, Vladimir, 2012. "How Capitalism, University and Mathematics as Institutions Shaped Mainstream Economics," MPRA Paper 47920, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 07 Jul 2013.


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