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General and Personal Good: Harsanyi's Contribution to the Theory of Value

Broome, John


In 1955, John Harsanyi published a singular contribution to the theory of value (Harsanyi 1955). He proved a theorem that links together the valuation of uncertain prospects for a single person and the valuation of distributions of good across people. The theorem’s conclusion is important and remarkable; it is by no means obvious, and it requires some mathematics to uncover it. Perhaps as a consequence, philosophers of value have not always given this theorem the attention it deserves. This...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Book chapter
Book Title: The Oxford Handbook of Value Theory
DOI: .1093/oxfordhb/9780199959303.013.0014


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