Weighing Values and Balancing Interests

Jerusalem: Israel Democracy Institute, 2008

11 Pages Posted: 13 Jan 2009

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Re'em Segev

Hebrew University of Jerusalem – Faculty of Law

Date Written: January 15, 2009


One of the central normative questions regards a decision between conflicting moral values. A decision of this nature is often required in disciplines such as philosophy, economics and law. According to common terminology, a decision between conflicting values reflects a balance of values, considerations or interests. Several types of questions arise in this context. One category includes substantive questions: which values exist, which considerations should be derived from these values, what is the degree of importance of these considerations, and which principles should be established for deciding between conflicting considerations? Another category includes institutional questions: which individual or body should decide normative questions, and should the normative nature of the decision be manifest or concealed? This paper is an abstract of a book that considers general aspects concerning these questions.

Keywords: Values, Considerations, Interests, Weighing, Balancing

JEL Classification: K10, K30, B40

Suggested Citation

Segev, Re'em, Weighing Values and Balancing Interests (January 15, 2009). Jerusalem: Israel Democracy Institute, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1326828

Re'em Segev (Contact Author)

Hebrew University of Jerusalem – Faculty of Law ( email )

Mount Scopus
Jerusalem, 91905

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