Revista Brasileira de Ciências Sociais
versión impresa ISSN 0102-6909
VITA, Álvaro de. Individual preferences and social justice. Rev. bras. Ci. Soc. [online]. 2000, n.spe1, pp. 95-109. ISSN 0102-6909. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-69092000000500007.
The article examines John Harsanyi's influential account on welfarism, according to which the satisfaction of individual preferences ought to be seen as the ultimate foundation of our social welfare (or social justice) judgments. The author argues that welfarism provides a very defective morality and that we should strive to identify a non-subjective moral foundation to interpersonal comparison of well-being.
Palabras llave : John Harsanyi; Individual preferences; Social justice; Welfarism; Social welfare judgments.