Self-Governance and Cooperation

Paperback | September 11, 2003

byRobert H. Myers

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Robert Myers presents an original moral theory which charts a course between the extremes of consequentialism and contractualism. He puts forward a radically new case for the existence of both agent-neutral and agent-relative values, and gives an innovative answer to the question how suchdisparate values can be weighed against each other. Practical judgement is shown to be guided in this by two very different ideals: an ideal of cooperation, which is held to shape the content of morality's demands, and one of self-governance, which is held to determine the nature of reason'srequirements. Examination of the ideal of cooperation reveals that principles of impartial beneficence and rights protecting individual freedoms are equally fundamental to morality. Examination of the ideal of self-governance reveals that morality's dictates, though not necessarily overriding, arealways in an important sense inescapable. The result is a theory of morality which combines a balanced account of its content with a ringing affirmation of its authority.

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Robert Myers presents an original moral theory which charts a course between the extremes of consequentialism and contractualism. He puts forward a radically new case for the existence of both agent-neutral and agent-relative values, and gives an innovative answer to the question how suchdisparate values can be weighed against each ot...

Robert H. Myers is at York University, Toronto.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:190 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.41 inPublished:September 11, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Two Problems in Moral Philosophy1. Misgivings about Consequentialism and Contractualism2. Cooperating to Promote the Good3. Initial Counter-Arguments Supporting Value Monism4. Self-Governance and Value DualismConclusion: Implications for the Question of Morality's AuthorityReferences; Index

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`This is a book which offers a clear line of argument. Myers is upfront about what needs to be the case for his line of argument to work. This is a great virtue. It will facilitate the debate that is sure to be generated.'Australian Journal of Philosophy