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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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Self‐Interest and the Commitment to Morality

Self‐Interest and the Commitment to Morality

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(p.178) 7 Self‐Interest and the Commitment to Morality
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Justice and Punishment
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Matt Matravers (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198295731.003.0008

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

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