PPE Anthology

Anthologies are pretty hard to put together. Because you have to secure all those permissions.  And write all those detailed chapter introductions.  And do all that work. Fortunately, Dr. Jonathan Anomaly is smarter and harder working than …well, almost anyone.  So Messrs Brennan, Munger, and Sayre-McCord can just rock back and take it easy.

Honestly, it’s a pretty cool book. Not available for pre-order until June, I’m afraid…  Still, here’s the ISBN, so that should be enough to order it if you are of a mind to do so…  ISBN 978-0190207311

Anthology Cover


Blurb:  The only book on the market to include classical and contemporary readings from key authors in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE), this unique anthology provides a comprehensive overview of the central topics in this rapidly expanding field. Each chapter opens with an introduction that helps students understand the central arguments and key concepts in the readings. The selections encourage students to think about the extent to which the three disciplines offer complementary or contradictory ways of approaching the relevant issues. Philosophy, Politics, and Economics: An Anthology is ideal for undergraduate PPE programs and courses in political philosophy and political economy.

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Table of Contents:

Preface vii
Introduction to Philosophy ix

chapter 1 Political Authority 1
Plato / Crito 3
Thomas Hobbes / Leviathan 10
John Locke / Popular Basis of Political Authority 18
David Hume / Of the Original Contract 22
Jean-Jacques Rousseau / The Social Contract 26

chapter 2 Rational Choice 35
Gary Becker / The Economic Way of Looking at Behavior 37
David Schmidtz / Reasons for Altruism 44
David Gauthier / Rationality: Maximization Constrained 56
Gregory Kavka / The Toxin Puzzle 70

chapter 3 Game Theory 73
Simon Blackburn / Game Theory and Rational Choice 78
Thomas Schelling / Dynamic Models of Segregation 89
Gerry Mackie / Ending Foot Binding and Infibulation: A Convention Account 97
Geoffrey Brennan and Gordon Tullock / An Economic Theory of Military Tactics: Methodological Individualism at War 116

chapter 4 Property 129
John Locke / Of Property 131
David Hume / Of Justice and Property 133
Karl Marx / Capital: “Primitive Accumulation” 141
Thomas Paine / Agrarian Justice 143
David Schmidtz / The Institution of Property 147

chapter 5 Markets 160
Market Advantages
Adam Smith / Wealth of Nations “Of the Division of Labor” 164
Friedrich Hayek / The Use of Knowledge in Society 172
Leonard Read / I, Pencil 178

Market Fairness
St. Thomas Aquinas / Sins Committed in Buying and Selling 181
John Locke / What is a Fair Price? 187
Adam Smith / Wealth of Nations, “Of the Expences of the Sovereign” 189

Market Failures
Tyler Cowen / Public Goods 197
Jonathan Anomaly / Public Goods and Government Action 199
David Friedman / Market Failures 214

chapter 6 Collective Action 233
Mancur Olson / The Logic of Collective Action 236
Jean Hampton / Free Rider Problems in the Production of Collective Goods 241
Elinor Ostrom / Collective Action and the Evolution of Social Norms 255
Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis / The Evolutionary Basis of Collective Action 271

chapter 7 Justice 283
John Stuart Mill / Utilitarianism 287
John Rawls / A Theory of Justice 294
Robert Nozick / Anarchy, State, and Utopia 317
Gerald Cohen, Robert Nozick and Wilt Chamberlain / How Patterns

chapter 8 Equality 350
Harry Frankfurt / Equality as a Moral Ideal 352
Richard Arneson / Equality and Equal Opportunity for Welfare 368
Amartya Sen / Equality of What? 377
Robert Nozick / Equality of Opportunity 386
Kurt Vonnegut / Harrison Bergeron 388

chapter 9 Cost-Benefit Analysis 392
Steven Kelman / An Ethical Critique of Cost-Benefit Analysis 394
Elizabeth Anderson / Cost-Benefit Analysis, Safety, and Environmental Quality 401
David Schmidtz / A Place for Cost Benefit Analysis 412

chapter 10 Public Choice 427
James Buchanan / Public Choice: Politics without Romance 431
Anthony Downs / An Economic Theory of Political Action in a Democracy 436
Michael Munger / Rent-Seek and You will Find 449
James Buchanan / How Can Constitutions Be Designed so that Politicians
Who Seek to Serve “Public Interest” Can Survive and Prosper? 452
Michael Huemer / Why People Are Irrational about Politics 456

chapter 11 Reasons to Vote 468
Geoffrey Brennan and Loren Lomasky / Is There a Duty to Vote? 470
Jason Brennan / Polluting the Polls: When Citizens Should Not Vote 487
Geoffrey Brennan and Geoffrey Sayre-McCord / Voting and Causal Responsibility 499

chapter 12 Liberty and Paternalism 514
John Stuart Mill / On Liberty 516
Gerald Dworkin / Paternalism 526
Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein / Libertarian Paternalism Is Not an Oxymoron 537

chapter 13 Markets on the Margin 551
Martha Nussbaum / Whether from Reason or Prejudice: Taking Money for Bodily Services 556
David Friedman / Marriage, Sex, and Babies 572

Michael Huemer / America’s Unjust Drug War 583
Peter de Marneffe / Against the Legalization of Drugs 591
Jeffrey Miron / The Economics of Drug Prohibition and Drug Legalization 600

Arthur Caplan / Organ Transplantation 610
Gerald Dworkin / Markets and Morals: The Case for Organ Sales 614

Benjamin Powell and Matt Zwolinski / The Ethical and Economic Case Against Sweatshop Labor: A Critical Assessment 618
Mathew Coakley and Michael Kates / The Ethical and Economic Case for Sweatshop Regulation 631

Price Gouging
Michael Munger / They Clapped: Can Price Gouging Laws Prohibit Scarcity? 638
Jeremy Snyder / What’s the Matter with Price Gouging? 642
Matt Zwolinski / Price Gouging, Non-Worseness, and Distributive Justice 656