Georges-Louis Leclerc de Buffon’s‘Essays on Moral Arithmetic’

Hey, John D. and Neugebauer, Tibor and Pasca, Carmen (2010) Georges-Louis Leclerc de Buffon’s‘Essays on Moral Arithmetic’. [Working Paper]. p. 62. LSF Research Working Paper Series (No. 10-06).

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We offer a translation into English of the original French version published in 1777 of Buffon’s Essai d’Arithmetique Morale along with some introductory remarks. In this classic work, Buffon discusses degrees of certainty, probability, the moral value of money, the different evaluations of gains and of losses; moreover, he proposes repeated experiments to determine the moral value of a game. Our hope is that this remarkable work, which anticipates and relates to many aspects discussed in more recent literature, reaches a broader audience than the French original reaches today. Our belief is that we are first to translate this classic work completely.

Item Type: Report / Paper (Working Paper)
Research documents and activity classification: Working Papers > Non-Refereed Working Papers / of national relevance only
Divisions: Department of Business and Management
Additional Information: The paper has been published in "The Selten School of Behavioural Economics" 2010, Part 5, Pages 245-282.
MIUR Scientific Area: Area 13 - Economics and Statistics > SECS-P/01 Political Economy
Deposited by: Maria Teresa Nisticò
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2010 13:43
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2015 00:13


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