129R. Joseph to Harrod, 13 January 1927 [a]

Replies to 123 . Joseph writes that Harrod's letter guided him to parts of Marshall he had not read, and thus invites Harrod to consider this letter as a mere effort to clear his own mind. Joseph better articulates his criticism that desires, utility and satisfaction are not really measurable, as they are not divisible in equal homogeneous parts. [1] Marshall's reference to comparison of "pleasures" in the ordinary sense that a man is in doubt between a number of alternatives, leaves the matter of the ordering of preferences to the man's actual choice: "if you make that the evidence that he judges this alternative to involve more pleasure, & his judgements of the relative amounts of pleasure in the alternatives that he adopts & rejects the evidence that desire is strong in proportion to the amount of pleasure judged to attach to its object, you argue in a circle".

  1. 1. See in particular letter 95 of 26 November 1925, [jump to page] .
    1. a. From 33 Northmoor Road, Oxford, nine pages ALS, in HBWJ Box 9, Folder 50 (Joseph asked Harrod to send the letter back "--unread, if you like".


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