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Minimal Morality: A Multilevel Social Contract Theory

Michael Moehler


This book develops a novel multilevel social contract theory that, in contrast to existing theories in the liberal tradition, does not merely assume a restricted form of reasonable moral pluralism, but is tailored to the conditions of deeply morally pluralistic societies that may be populated by liberal moral agents, nonliberal moral agents, and, according to the traditional understanding of morality, nonmoral agents alike. To develop this theory, the book draws on the history of the social contract tradition, especially the work of Hobbes, Hume, Kant, Rawls, and Gauthier, as well as on the wo ... More

Keywords: deep moral pluralism, multilevel social contract theory, Hobbes, Hume, Kant, Rawls, Gauthier, Sen, Gaus, peaceful long-term cooperation

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198785927
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198785927.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Moehler, author
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Virginia Tech

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