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175 - rationality of choice -- conscious choice -- assumption that there IS a choice.

179 - Since human beings can easily have good reason also to pay some attention to objectives other than the single-minded pursuit of self-interest, and can see arguments in favour of taking cognizance of broader values or of normative rules of decent behavior, RCT (rational choice theory) does reflect an extremely limited understanding of reason and rationality.

194 - The insistence of so-called rational choice theory on defining rationality simply as intelligent promotion of personal self-interest sells human reasoning extremely short.

203 - there are two grad ways of bringing about the attainment of mutual benefits through cooperation, namely agreed contracts that can be enforced, and social norms that may work voluntarily in that direction. (Alice: LG?)

**225 - It is not difficult to appreciate the centrality of human lives in reasoned assessments of the world in which we live. That, as has already been discussed in the Introduction and later, is a central feature of the perspective of nyaya in contrast with the rule-bound niti, even though the idea of nyaya is not at all alone in pointing to the relevance of human lives for assessing how a society is doing.

**271 - if someone has the power to make a difference that he or she can see will reduce injustice in the world, then there is a strong and reasoned argument for doing just that . . .

272 - welfare economics, which is the part of economics that is concerned with the assessment of the goodness of states of affairs and the appraisal of policies, has had a long history in placing happiness at the very center of the discipline of evaluation, seeing it as a sole guide ot human well-being and to the advantages enjoyed by different people.

- utilitarianism . . . gave happiiness the status of being uniquely important in assessing human well-being and advantage, and thus serving as the basis for social evaluation and the making of public policy.

- The nature and cause of 'joylessness' in the lives of people in prosperous economies have also received attention

273 - the tension between the income perspective and the happiness perspective is, at long last receiving more mainstream attention.

275 - What the critics of unreasoning acceptance of persistent deprivation want is more reasoning about what ails the perennial underdogs, with the expectation that, with more scrutiny, the 'well-adapted' deprived would see -- and 'feel' reason enough to grumble.

289 - when more capability includes more power in ways that can influence other people's lives, a person may have good reason to use the enhanced capability -- the larger agency freedom -- to uplift the lives of others, especially if they are relatively worse off, rather than concentrating only on their own well-being.


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