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Contractarian Liberal Ethics and the Theory of Rational Choice

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Prof. Jung Soon Park

This book investigates the relationship between morality and rationality in the context of historical and present-day contractarian ethics. From Rawls to Gauthier, contractarians have attempted to construct their methodological foundations on the theory of rational choice. Through a careful study of the nature and limits of the theory of rational choice, Jung Soon Park argues that the theory cannot provide the reliable foundations for contractarian liberal ethics. Consequently, the author takes seriously the question about the future of contractarian liberal ethics: Is it the end or can there be a transformation?
Contents: The book covers the structure and paradoxes of rational choice theory, rational choice theoretic analyses of Hobbes, Rawls, and Gauthier, and a dilemma of contractarian liberal ethics.