Adversus 'Adversus Homo Economicus': Critique of the 'Critique of Lester’s Account of Instrumental Rationality'
29 Pages Posted: 8 Nov 2019
Date Written: October 30, 2019
This essay goes through Frederick 2015 (F15) in some detail, responding to the various paraphrases and criticisms therein. It is argued that in each case F15 is mistaken about what Lester 2012 (L12) says, or about what F15 presents as a sound criticism, or both. It is concluded that the philosophical theory of new-paradigm libertarianism that L12 (etc.) comprises has yet to be given adequate critical consideration, and that almost all libertarian texts still fall foul of the three fundamental errors that L12 (etc.) has explained and corrected at length in response to many texts.
Keywords: libertarianism, instrumental rationality, homo economicus, a priori instrumental rationality, self-interested utility-maximisation
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