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Characterizations of Consenquentialism and Non-consequentialism

  • Kotaro Suzumura
  • Yongsheng Xu

By allowing for the possibility that individuals recognize the intrinsic value of choice along with the instrumental value thereof, we suppose that individuals express extended preference orderings of the following type: Choosing an outcome x from an opportunity set A is better than choosing an outcome y from an opportunity set B. Within this framework, we identify a consequentialist and a non-consequentialist, who show contrasting attitudes toward outcomes vis-a-vis opportunities. The task of this paper is to characterize these attitudes in terms of some axioms. The companion paper explores the implications of these concepts in the context of social choice.

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Paper provided by Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University in its series Discussion Paper Series with number a365.

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Date of creation: Mar 1999
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Handle: RePEc:hit:hituec:a365
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