Exploring the Limitations of Utilitarian Epistemology to Economic Science in View of Interacting Heterogeneity

  • Yuji Aruka


The principles of political economy born before utilitarianism seized power in economics were entirely irrelevant to the kind of utility maximization. Utilitarianism made economists share a unique definite purpose for the art of life, thus becoming to play the crucial role in arguing economics almost everywhere. We can easily find our main prototype of modern economic ideas from the classical source of literatures of utilitarianism, in particular, James Mill who suggested the “Art of Life”, whose ultimate end is happiness in the society. Put another way, utilitarianism is a kind of art which has ultimately recourse to the sole value judgment on happiness either personally or interpersonally.


Utility Function Demand Function Intrinsic Rationality Practical Knowledge Representative Agent 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of CommerceChuo UniversityTokyoJapan

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