James Griffin

in Well-Being

Published in print December 1988 | ISBN: 9780198248439
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597558 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks


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Looks at problems of fairness arising from cooperation problems (the prisoner's dilemma, free‐riding, etc.). It proposes a ‘minimal solution’ to free‐rider problems, by considering the least that has to be done to ensure fairness in these situations: viz. the introduction of a principle of equal chances (and the establishment of its relation to other moral principles). It ends by considering the objection that the proposed solution to the free‐rider problem is too weak. It then assesses tougher Kantian and various other de‐ontological solutions, which it finds too strict.

Keywords: cooperation problems; fairness; free‐rider problems; prisoner's dilemma

Chapter.  13054 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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