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Altruism/Gary S. Becker: some economists, including Gary S. Becker, reinterpret moral expenditures in such a way that they appear as sophisticated forms of self-care - eager for social recognition or transcendent salvation (Becker 1976(1); Becker 1996(2)): With the help of secret motifs unknown to the actors, ordinary altruism is reconstructed as extraordinary egoism.
SenVsBecker, Gary: But Sen is against it: If such, scientifically questionable, ad-hoc assumptions are necessary in order not to simply dismiss moral action as irrational to one's own disadvantage, what does this actually say about the theory applied here?(3) Shouldn't one rather renounce the dogma of self-interest than the plausibility of one's own statements?


1. Gary S. Becker, The Economic Approach to Human Behavior, Chicago 1976
2. Gary S. Becker, Accounting for Tastes, Cambridge, Mass. 1996
3. Amartya Sen, Ökonomie für den Menschen. Wege zu Gerechtigkeit und Solidarität in der Marktwirtschaft, München 2000, S. 332-334.


Claus Dierksmeier, „Amartya Sen, Ökonomie für den Menschen (1999)“ in: Manfred Brocker (Hg.) Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt/M. 2018


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EconSen I
Amartya Sen
Collective Choice and Social Welfare: Expanded Edition London 2017

Brocker I
Manfred Brocker
Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/M. 2018


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