Justice as Mutual Advantage

Matt Matravers

in Justice and Punishment

Published in print August 2000 | ISBN: 9780198295730
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599828 | DOI:
 Justice as Mutual Advantage

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‘Justice as mutual advantage’ theorists argue that moral norms are those that rational, self‐interested persons would accept in regulating the pursuit of their self‐interest. Taking David Gauthier's theory as an exemplar of this approach, it is argued that justice as mutual advantage cannot close the gap between morality and self‐interest. The conclusion is that the value of morality cannot be only that it furthers self‐interest, although this is an important part of any moral theory that is to have an adequate account of moral motivation.

Keywords: David Gauthier; justice; moral motivation; morality; mutual advantage; rational self‐interest; regulation; self‐interest

Chapter.  10614 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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