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March 2012

Subjective vs. Objective Value: The Economist and the Philosopher

Some people like rock music, and others like country. Some people prefer chocolate; others prefer strawberry. Economics calls value subjective to reflect these different tastes and preferences. Philosophy uses the term “value” objectively, to refer to things such as rights. Prof. Aeon J. Skoble shows how both conceptions of value are legitimate and, in fact, complement each other.

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