Economics and Philosophy

Essay

REPLY TO PUTNAM AND WALSH

PARTHA DASGUPTAa1

a1 University of Cambridge

Social thinkers frequently remind us that people differ on what constitutes personal well-being, but that even when they don't differ, they disagree over the extent to which one person's well-being can be permitted to be traded off against another's. They tell us that political differences are to be traced to differences in people's conceptions of personal and social well-being. We are given to understand, in other words, that people's ethics differ.