Disagreement behind the veil of ignorance

Philosophical Studies 170 (3):377-394 (2014)
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Abstract

In this paper we argue that there is a kind of moral disagreement that survives the Rawlsian veil of ignorance. While a veil of ignorance eliminates sources of disagreement stemming from self-interest, it does not do anything to eliminate deeper sources of disagreement. These disagreements not only persist, but transform their structure once behind the veil of ignorance. We consider formal frameworks for exploring these differences in structure between interested and disinterested disagreement, and argue that consensus models offer us a solution concept for disagreements behind the veil of ignorance.

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Ryan Muldoon
University at Buffalo
Carlo Martini
University Vita-Salute San Raffaele
Chiara Lisciandra
Tilburg University
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