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Adam Gurri joins us for a discussion on utilitarianism and why it may not be a satisfactory moral theory in which to ground libertarianism.

Aaron Ross Powell
Director and Editor
Trevor Burrus
Research Fellow, Constitutional Studies

Adam Gurri works in digital advertising and has an MA in economics from George Mason University. He writes on subjects ranging from philosophy, ethics, and rhetoric to technology, social science, and innovation. His present research focuses on the ethics of business and work, from the perspective of virtue and human flourishing.

This week we discuss the philosophy of utilitarianism and it’s relationship with libertarianism.

What is utilitarianism? How is utilitarianism related to economics? What makes utilitarianism seem to work so well when applied to economic thinking? And where does it go wrong?

Show Notes and Further Reading

Adam Gurri, “Morality, Economics, and the Problem with Preferences” (column)

Adam Gurri, “Liberty with Dignity, Mutual Respect, and Morality” (column)

Jeremy Bentham and J. S. Mill, Utilitarianism and Other Essays (collection)

Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun (play)

Alfred C. Pigou, The Economics of Welfare (book)

Ronald Coase, The Firm, the Market, and the Law (book)