Conclusion: Toward a Moral Consensus Paradigm

  • Victor V. ClaarEmail author
  • Greg Forster


It is possible to rely on shared moral commitments without having to resolve all our differences about the meaning of these commitments in a pluralistic society. The conclusion suggests some possible consensus points, as well as an initial research agenda for economic science that moves toward a new paradigm. Economics is neither all consumption preferences nor all transcendent preferences about things that are intrinsically good and endure beyond our own lives. The model we need would acknowledge that both kinds of preferences matter. Economic analysis need not assume economic activity serves only consumer appetites. People have production preferences as well as consumption preferences, so economics can identify multiple ends of economic activity. Satisfaction of consumer appetites is one end, but not the only one.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Florida Gulf Coast UniversityFort MyersUSA
  2. 2.Trinity International UniversityDeerfieldUSA

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