By Michael Moehler

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A defense of moral contractarianism as a distinct approach to the social contract, with particular relevance for morally diverse societies.


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Book Information

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 02/13/2020
Pages: 75
ISBN-13: 9781108713313
ISBN-10: 1108713319
Language: English

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This Element 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 compliance, rule-following, counterfactualism, and the nexus between morals and politics. It argues that, if appropriately conceived, moral contractarianism is conceptually coherent, empirically sound, and practically relevant, and has much to offer to contemporary moral philosophy.

About the Author

Michael Moehler is Founding Director and Core Faculty member of the Kellogg Center for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Virginia Tech. His research and teaching expertise lies in the history of moral and political philosophy, rational choice theory, public reason theory, distributive justice, the welfare state, political economy, and interdisciplinary topics in philosophy, politics, and economics.

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