Anti-Gauthier Card

Anti-Gauthier Card - Contracts based on Gauthier's ideology...

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Contracts based on Gauthier’s ideology cannot exist. Boucher writes: David Boucher , Paul Joseph Kelly The social contract from Hobbes to Rawls. Routledge, 1994 - Philosophy - 276 pages “The relevance of Gauthier’s argument is jeopardized also by his assumption that [those who wish to uphold the average utility, known as CM’s] and [those who wish to uphold their own utility only, known as] SMs can recognize each other a fairly high percentage of the time. Gauthier writes: ‘Suppose a population evenly divided between constrained and straightforward maximizers. If the constrained maximizers are able to co-operate successfully in two-thirds of their encounter, and to avoid being exploited by straightforward maximizers in four-fifths of their encounters, then constrained maximizers may expect to do better than their fellows’. In this crucial passage, Gauthier assumes, without argument, that people can detect the dispositions of others with a very high degree of accuracy. The assumption is unrealistic, especially when we recall that the only difference between
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This note was uploaded on 10/14/2011 for the course DEBATE 101 taught by Professor Massey during the Summer '10 term at Colorado College.

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Anti-Gauthier Card - Contracts based on Gauthier's ideology...

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