Dynamic Contractarianism

Chiotis, Vangelis (2018) Dynamic Contractarianism. In: Perspectives in Social Contract Theory. Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Change Series II, African Philosophical Studies, 21 . Council for Research in Values & Philosophy, Washington, D.C. ISBN 9781565183315

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The paper proposes an account of moral contractarianism that is dynamic, evolving and consists of topical social conventions. Social conventions and the social contract are seen as sets of social equilibria in repeated, non-random interactions among rational agents. Changes in social conventions affect the social contract and vice versa, the social contract frames and constrains social conventions. As such, the two are interdependent and coevolve in the sense that a change in one, will cause the equilibria in the other to shift. The proposed dynamic contractarianism bypasses some of the most significant criticism against social contract theory, namely, problems with the rationality of compliance and the justification of third party enforcement.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: rationality, convention, social contract, dynamics, repeated interactions, moral contractarianism
Faculty: ARCHIVED Lord Ashcroft International Business School (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Dr Vangelis Chiotis
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2018 14:53
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:56
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/703416

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