Constanze Binder

economic philosophy seminar

Constanze Binder

Erasmus University Rotterdam
Walking a mile in your shoes: An escape from arrovian impossibilities

IBD Amphi

Îlot Bernard du Bois - Amphithéâtre

5-9 boulevard Maurice Bourdet
13001 Marseille

Vendredi 19 mai 2017| 10:00 - 12:00

Feriel Kandil : feriel.kandil[at]
Miriam Teschl : miriam.teschl[at]


This paper explores approaches to comparative justice (Sen, 2009) by drawing on Social Choice Theory. We introduce a procedure to correct for the influence of unquestioned parochial values on individual justice rankings: individuals are put into the position of other members of society allowing them to question (and possibly change) their justice ordering. In a first step, it is shown under which conditions this procedure leads to a domain restriction such that majority rule yields a social justice ordering. In a second step, it is examined how the introduced procedure can be used to distinguish between "reasoned" and "unreasoned" agreement. The paper concludes with a discussion as to how the findings cast doubt on the unqualified acceptance of the (weak) Pareto condition.