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Justice and PunishmentThe Rationale of Coercion$
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Matt Matravers

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198295730

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198295731.001.0001

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Justice as Mutual Advantage

Justice as Mutual Advantage

(p.155) 6 Justice as Mutual Advantage
Justice and Punishment

Matt Matravers (Contributor Webpage)

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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

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