Philosophy of Measurement

In this course, students will gain the capability of identifying and evaluating the normative presuppositions of different measurements through detailed case studies.

Measurements have normative assumptions. They are used in policy and other parts of the social sector and need to be looked at and understood. Using case studies of GINI coefficients, QUALYs and the UN development index, you will examine and evaluate the measurements thoroughly, using practical and epistemological capabilities. You will draw from Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum’s capabilities approach. In this course, we will use economics to draw deeper connections with your philosophical thinking.