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Well-BeingIts Meaning, Measurement and Moral Importance$
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James Griffin

Print publication date: 1988

Print ISBN-13: 9780198248439

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198248431.001.0001

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(p.192) X Fairness

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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

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