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Justice and Moral Bargaining

Gilbert Harman

in Explaining Value

Published in print August 2000 | ISBN: 9780198238041
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597626 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198238045.003.0004
 Justice and Moral Bargaining

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Substantive principles of justice derive from actual agreements that result from an actual usually tacit moral bargaining, contrary to arguments by Gewirth, Nagel, and Kohlberg, for thinking that all rational or normal people must recognize certain requirements of justice. Mere hypothetical agreements could not give people reasons. Moral bargaining explains moral concern and respect in a way that does not undermine the moral force of the principles we accept. Being more explicit about moral bargaining will improve moral argument and lead to greater tolerance.

Keywords: Gewirth; justice; Kohlberg; moral bargaining; Nagel; tolerance

Chapter.  8219 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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