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Self‐Interest and the Commitment to Morality

Matt Matravers

in Justice and Punishment

Published in print August 2000 | ISBN: 9780198295730
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599828 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198295731.003.0008
 Self‐Interest and the Commitment to Morality

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Argues that the better realization of the agent's non‐social interests is only one condition for moral cooperation; it does not provide decisive reason to enter such cooperation. Instead, what is needed is an existential commitment to the moral; a commitment that is ungrounded but not irrational. It is argued that such a choice is plausible if constructivist theory drops its commitment to the assumption of non‐tuism, and that there are independent grounds for this assumption to be dropped.

Keywords: commitment; constructivism; co‐operation; morality; non‐tuism; self‐interest

Chapter.  12508 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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