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Morals by Agreement

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ISBN-10: 0198249926

ISBN-13: 9780198249924

Edition: 1986

Authors: David Gauthier

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Are moral principles actually principles of rational choice? Starting from the view that it is rational always to choose what will give one the greatest expectation of value or utility--and the common counter-claim that this procedure, applied in many situations, will actually leave people worse off than need be--Gauthier instead proposes a principle of cooperation whereby each must choose in accordance with a principle to which all can agree. He shows that not only does such a principle ensure mutual benefit and fairness, but also that each person may expect greater utility from actually adhering to a morality based on it, even though his other choice did not have that specific end primarily in view. In resolving what may appear to be a paradox, he establishes morals on the foundation of reason.
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Book details

List price: $60.00
Copyright year: 1986
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/9/1987
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Morals By Agreement
Morals by Agreement
Preface
Note to Reader
Overview of a Theory
Choice: Reason and Value
Strategy: Reason and Equilibrium
the Market: Freedom from Morality
Co-Operation: Bargaining and Justice
Compliance: Maximization Constrained
the Initial Bargaining Position: Rights and the Proviso
the Archimedean Point
Persons, Peoples, Generations
the Ring of Gyges
the Liberal Individual
Index
Preface
Note To Reader
Overview Of A Theory
Choice: Reason And Value
Strategy: Reason And Equilibrium
The Market: Freedom From Morality
Co-Operation: Bargaining And Justice
Compliance: Maximization Constrained
The Initial Bargaining Position Rights And The Proviso
The Archimedean Point
Persons, Peoples, Generations
The Ring Of Gyges
The Liberal Individual
Index