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Contractarianism, Self-Transformation and the Rationality of Maintaining a Sense of Justice

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ISBN13: 9780813328089
ISBN: 081332808X
Published: April 1999
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print



Rules of justice would benefit the members of a community little if individuals lacked an effective desire to comply with these rules. In Preferring Justice, Eric Cave argues that, as flawed agents of differing abilities choosing under partial information, most of us require the sense of justice to advance maximally whatever ends we have apart from the end of acting justly. }Rules of justice would benefit the members of a community little if individuals lacked an effective desire to comply with these rules. But from the individual point of view, the sense of justice appears to do no more than to limit what individuals can do in pursuit of their ends and open them to exploitation. Realizing this, we might each wonder whether the sense of justice is anything more than an instrument of social control, something we would each be better off without. And it is a short step from such worries to unjust action and all of its attendant costs. Hence, we require a successful justification of the sense of justice to answer pernicious doubts about this disposition arising from the individual point of view.;In Preferring Justice, Eric Cave argues that, as flawed agents of differing abilities choosing under partial information, most of us require the sense of justice to advance maximally whatever ends we have apart from the end of acting justly. }

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Contents:
Introduction: A Reconciliation Project; The Components of a Contractarian Argument for Preferring Justice; Self-Transformation; Collective Rationality of Self-Transformation; Maximin Reasoning; Disaster Avoidance Reasoning; Expected Utility Reasoning; The Individual Rationality of Self-Transformation; Toward an Account of Rational Preference Revision; Conclusion: Preferring Justice