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Contractarian Moral Theory (Oxford Readings in Philosophy)

by Geoffrey Sayre-McCord

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Published by Oxford University Press .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Ethics & Moral Philosophy,
  • Philosophy

  • The Physical Object
    FormatPaperback
    Number of Pages256
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL10146223M
    ISBN 100199254931
    ISBN 109780199254934

    Contractarianism / Contractualism (Wiley Blackwell Readings in Philosophy Book 8) 1st Edition, Kindle Edition by With a helpful introduction by Stephen Darwall, examines key topics in the contractarian and contractualist moral cateringwhidbey.comcturer: Wiley-Blackwell. An adequate moral theory must provide for cooperation and trust between moral agents, but a tension exists between cooperating and maximizing. This tension is prominent in utilitarianism and contractarianism. Various puzzles illustrate this tension, and both utilitarians and contractarians must solve these to present a coherent moral theory.

    Edited and introduced by Stephen Darwall, these readings are essential for anyone interested in normative ethics. With a helpful introduction by Stephen Darwall, examines key topics in the contractarian and contractualist moral theory. Includes six contemporary essays which respond to the classic sources. deliberation. In short he believes that it is possible to give a moral rather than a political answer to the Fool; he believes in a contractarian moral theory and proves it. The purpose of this thesis is to assess the success of his enterprise. 1 See Plato’s Republic, Book II 2 Leviathan, pp 6.

    II. Two Forms of Contractarian Theory. So how do we set about defining an acceptable formulation of morality? The idea that the essence not only of human rationality but also of human morality is embodied in the notion of contract is the heart of what is called the “contractarian” approach to moral cateringwhidbey.com: Jean Hampton. Contractarianism applied only to humans is speciesist. A final criticism of contractarianism is that a few animals (like pets and occasionally a farm animal) can pick up indirect protection from the sentimental interest some people attach to them. But contractarianism offers no moral care for the overwhelming majority of animals.


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Contractarian Moral Theory (Oxford Readings in Philosophy) by Geoffrey Sayre-McCord Download PDF EPUB FB2

Contractualism is an impartial moral theory. In contemporary moral philosophy, the main impartial moral theory outside the social contract tradition is utilitarianism.

Utilitarianism takes persons’ moral status to be grounded on their capacity for well-being and suffering, and takes well-being to be the sole moral value. Moral contractualism is the view that the rightness and wrongness of our conduct is somehow to be understood in terms of some kind of actual or counterfactual agreement.

This must be distinguished from political contractualism, which adduces agreements in order to account for the justice or authority or legitimacy of political institutions or. John Rawls’ “Hypothetical” Contract. A thinker who espoused contractarian moral philosophy was the Harvard philosopher John Rawls, whose book A Theory of Justice is the single most influential philosophical ethics text of the past thirty years.

Rawls’ contractarian approach differs radically from the approach of either Gauthier or Harman because it finds its inspiration, not in Hobbes. With a helpful introduction by Stephen Darwall, examines key topics in the contractarian and contractualist moral theory.

Includes six contemporary essays which respond to the classic sources. Includes an insightful discussion of contractualism by Gary cateringwhidbey.com: Stephen Darwell. In moral and political philosophy, the social contract is a theory or model that originated during the Age of Enlightenment and usually concerns the legitimacy of the authority of the state over the individual.

Social contract arguments typically posit that individuals have consented, either explicitly or tacitly, to surrender some of their freedoms and submit to the authority (of the ruler.

This book provides a systematic defense of moral contractarianism as a distinct approach to the social contract. It elucidates, in comparison to moral conventionalism and moral contractualism, the distinct features of moral contractarianism, its scope, and conceptual and practical challenges that concern the relationship between morality and self-interest, the problems of assurance and.

Any of various theories that justify moral principles or political arrangements by appealing to a social contract that is voluntarily committed to under Contractarianism - definition of contractarianism by The Free Dictionary In the large majority of the book, contractarian; contractarian; contractarian; contractarian; Contractarian.

Later political philosophy can only be understood against this backdrop. And the contemporary revival of contractarian moral and political thought, represented by John Rawls' A Theory of Justice () or David GauthierOs Morals by Agreement (), needs to be appreciated in the history of this tradition.

Book Description: How are we meant to behave. And how are we to defend whatever answer we give. Morals and Consent grounds our notion of morality in natural evolution, and from that basis, Malcolm Murray shows why contractarianism is a far more viable moral theory than is widely believed.

David Gauthier (/ ˈ ɡ ɔː t i eɪ /; born 10 September ) is a Canadian-American philosopher best known for his neo-Hobbesian social contract (contractarian) theory of morality, as developed in his book Morals by AgreementBorn: September 10, (age 87), Toronto.

In contrast, Morals and Consent grounds our notion of morality in natural evolution, and from that basis, Malcolm Murray shows why contractarianism is a far more viable moral theory than presently credited.

The scope of Morals and Consent has two main parts: theory and application. Indeed, it is a short-step from Kantian moral theory to contractarian moral theory. Kant himself defended a kind of moral contractarianism at certain points, and John Rawls, the most important of twentieth-century contractarian moral philosophers, considers his own view a Kantian one.

What Rawls has added to contractarianism is, first of all. How are we meant to behave. And how are we to defend whatever answer we give. Morals and Consent grounds our notion of morality in natural evolution, and from that basis, Malcolm Murray shows why contractarianism is a far more viable moral theory than is widely believed.

The scope of Morals and Consent has two main parts: theory and cateringwhidbey.com: Malcolm Murray. Michael Moehler develops a novel multilevel social contract theory. In contrast to existing theories in the liberal tradition, it does not merely assume a restricted form of reasonable moral pluralism, but is tailored to the conditions of deeply morally pluralistic societies which may be populated by liberal moral agents, nonliberal moral agents, and, according to the traditional understanding.

moral theory. I believe that it is not. For that reason, if the perceived problem with Contractarianism is that its political con-sequences are awful, then we must at least consider the possibility that the fault might lie, not in the contractarian moral theory itself, but in the attempt to.

Nov 29,  · Moral Theory: An Introduction explores some of the most historically important and currently debated moral theories about the nature of the right and good. Providing an introduction to moral theory that explains and critically examines the theories of such classical moral philosophers as Aristotle, Aquinas, Kant, Bentham, Mill, and Ross, this book acquaints students with the work of.

David Gauthier's Morals by Agreement () is the most complete and suggestive contractarian theory of morality since the work of Rawls.

In this anthology, prominent moral and political philosophers offer a critical assessment of Gauthier's theory and its three main projects: to develop a contractarian foundation for morality, to defend a theory of rational choice, and to defend the claim Price: $ Jun 18,  · The contractarian element of the theory comes in the derivation of the moral norms.

According to Gauthier, the compliance problem -- the problem of justifying rational compliance with the norms that have been accepted -- must always drive the justification of the initial situation and the conduct of the contracting situation.

Morals By Agreement David Gauthier. A Clarendon Press Publication. Gauthier puts forth a principle of cooperation whereby each person must make moral choices in accordance with a principle to which all agree, showing how people may both expect greater utility and ensure mutual benefit and fairness from adhering to such a principle.

The Blackwell Guide to Ethical Theory edited by Hugh LaFollette (Blackwell, ), pp. Contemporary Contractarian Moral Theory 1 by Geoffrey Sayre-McCord Introduction Contractarianism, as a general approach to moral and political thought, has had a long and distinguished history -- its roots are easily traced as far back as Plato's.

As a general approach to moral and political thought, contractarianism has had a long and distinguished history – its roots are easily traced as far back as Plato's Republic, where Glaucon advanced it as a view of justice, and its influential representatives include Grotius, Pufendorf, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Hume, and cateringwhidbey.com various ways, to various purposes, and against the background of.Rawls’s book: A Theory of Justice.

Rawls’s basic assumptions: Moral principles are principles governing interactions among the members of a “well-ordered society.” A well-ordered society is a society.

that seeks to advance the good of its members. whose basic institutions are regulated by a .At the same time, I shall suggest that results closely converging with those issuing from an immanent criticism of the later Rawls may be derived from an external perspective on it that treats the propositions of a Hobbesian contractarian moral and political theory as being substantially cateringwhidbey.com: John Gray.