Opportunity and preference learning: A reply to Christian Schubert

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This paper replies to Christian Schubert’s critical review of my work on opportunity as a normative criterion. Schubert argues that the criterion I have proposed would not command general assent because it does not recognise the legitimacy of individuals’ preferences for achieving self-development by constraining their future opportunities. I argue that my account of the ‘responsible agent’ is compatible with self-development, and that preferences for self-constraint are less common than Schubert suggests. For the purposes of normative economics, my opportunity criterion is much more generally applicable than Schubert’s criterion of ‘opportunity to learn’.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)297-303
Number of pages7
JournalEconomics and Philosophy
Issue number02
Early online date7 May 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • opportunity
  • preference learning

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