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Contractarianism and Rational Choice

Contractarianism and Rational Choice
Essays on David Gauthier's Morals by Agreement

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David Gauthier, Peter Vallentyne, Jean Hampton, David Braybrooke, Christopher W. Morris, Peter Danielson, Donald C. Hubin, Mark B. Lambeth, Jan Narveson, Jean Hampton, Wulf Gaetner, Marlies Klemisch-Ahlert, Geoffrey Sayre-McCord, David Copp, Holly Smith, Jody S. Kraus, Jules L. Coleman, Peter Danielson
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  • Date Published: January 1991
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521398152

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  • David Gauthier's Morals by Agreement (1986) is the most complete and suggestive contractarian theory of morality since the work of Rawls. In this anthology a number of prominent moral and political philosophers offer a critical assessment of Gauthier's theory and its three main projects: developing a contractarian foundation for morality, defending a theory of rational choice, and supporting the claim that rationality requires one to keep one's agreements. An introduction sets out Gauthier's project, while Gauthier himself has the last word, responding to the critiques. This collection will interest moral and political philosophers, social theorists, and specialists in the philosophy and theory of law as well as management sciences.

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    • Date Published: January 1991
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521398152
    • length: 356 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.649kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Biographical note on David Gauthier
    1. Gauthier's three projects Peter Vallentyne
    Part I. Gauthier's Contractarian Moral Theory:
    2. Why contractarianism? David Gauthier
    3. Two faces of contractarian thought Jean Hampton
    4. Gauthier's foundations for ethics under the test of application David Braybrooke
    5. Contractarianism and the assumption of mutual unconcern Peter Vallentyne
    6. Moral standing and rational-choice contractarianism Christopher W. Morris
    Part II. Minimax Relative Concession and the Lockean Proviso:
    7. The Lockean Proviso Peter Danielson
    8. Providing for rights Donald C. Hubin and Mark B. Lambeth
    9. Gauthier on distributive justice and the natural baseline Jan Narveson
    10. Equalizing concessions in the pursuit of justice: a discussion of Gauthier's bargaining solution Jean Hampton
    11. Gauthier's approach to distributive justice and other bargaining solutions Wulf Gaetner and Marlies Klemisch-Ahlert
    Part III. The Rationality of Keeping Agreements:
    12. Deception and reasons to be moral Geoffrey Sayre-McCord
    13. Contractarianism and moral skepticism David Copp
    14. Deriving morality from rationality Holly Smith
    15. Morality and the theory of rational choice Jody S. Kraus and Jules L. Coleman
    16. Closing the compliance dilemma: how it's rational to be moral in a Lamarckian world Peter Danielson
    17. Rational constraint: some last words David Gauthier
    Bibliography
    Index.

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    Peter Vallentyne

    Contributors

    David Gauthier, Peter Vallentyne, Jean Hampton, David Braybrooke, Christopher W. Morris, Peter Danielson, Donald C. Hubin, Mark B. Lambeth, Jan Narveson, Jean Hampton, Wulf Gaetner, Marlies Klemisch-Ahlert, Geoffrey Sayre-McCord, David Copp, Holly Smith, Jody S. Kraus, Jules L. Coleman, Peter Danielson

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