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Choice in Everyday Life : Individuals, Incommensurability and Democracy - Robert Urquhart

Choice in Everyday Life

Individuals, Incommensurability and Democracy

Hardcover Published: 13th July 2005
ISBN: 9780415700122
Number Of Pages: 244

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Social choice and decision-making are key topics in economic theory. Exploring the relations between choice and individuality, Robert Urquhart claims that individuality is possible only when individuals can make for themselves the choices that shape their lives. Urquhart suggests that mundane choices are paradoxically as fraught with difficulties as the grander, life-rending ones. Ranging from the literary to the cinematic, from war and crisis to everyday life, his fascinating book sees individuality as a difficult achievement but also an ordinary one. This book differs from the standard view in economics and choice theory in refusing to accept quantitative comparison as the basis for choice. Urquhart uses a broad range of disciplines to delve into this topic, resulting in a valuable reference for postgraduates and professionals in the fields of industrial economics and philosophy.

Gods and mortalsp. 15
A human orderp. 25
A tragic orderp. 39
Taking things seriouslyp. 67
Shapes and scales of choicep. 87
"The jolly corner"p. 105
Necessity and difficulty of life choicep. 118
The time of crossword puzzlesp. 142
For small valuesp. 156
The occurrence of individualityp. 179
Individuals, materialism, and democracyp. 193
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ISBN: 9780415700122
ISBN-10: 0415700124
Series: Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 13th July 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.52 x 16.41  x 1.98
Weight (kg): 0.53
Edition Number: 1