Theoria 71 (1):38-58 (2005)

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Jussi Suikkanen
University of Birmingham
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This paper is a defence of T.M. Scanlon's contractualism - the view that an action is wrong if it is forbidden by the principles which no one could reasonably reject. Such theories have been argued to be redundant in two ways. They are claimed to assume antecedent moral facts to explain which principles could not be reasonably rejected, and the reasons they provide to follow the non-rejectable principles are said to be unnecessary given that we already have sufficient reasons not to do the acts that are forbidden by those principles. In this paper, I try to argue that neither one of these claims is true.
Keywords contractualism  redundancy objection
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DOI 10.1111/j.1755-2567.2005.tb01004.x
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