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

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Lester, J. C., Adversus 'Adversus Homo Economicus': Critique of the 'Critique of Lester’s Account of Instrumental Rationality' (October 30, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3478327 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3478327

J. C. Lester (Contact Author)

London School of Economics ( email )

Houghton Street
London, WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

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