Theory and Decision Library A:

Moral Contract Theory and Social Cognition

An Empirical Perspective

Authors: Timmerman, Peter

  • First study to evaluate the empirical plausibility of moral contract theory
  • Reveals that certain crucial assumptions of moral contract theory that have been controversial are in fact plausible in the light of empirical findings
  • First comprehensive study to scrutinize the implications of recent empirical findings on social cognition for moral theory
  • Highly interdisciplinary study, relating insights from philosophy with results from social psychology, development psychology, and behavioural economics
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This interdisciplinary work draws on research from psychology and behavioral economics to evaluate the plausibility of moral contract theory. In a compelling manner with implications for moral theory more broadly, the author’s novel approach resolves a number of key contingencies in contractarianism and contractualism.
Acting in accordance with principles that we could all agree to under certain conditions requires that agents are capable of taking up the perspectives of others. Research in social and developmental psychology shows just how challenging this can be. The author discusses in detail what implications findings on perspective-taking have for contract theory. He concludes with cautious optimism that, despite our limitations, it lies within our power to become better at perspective-taking and to adopt a contractarian or contractualist mode of moral thinking. This does however require us to be much more attentive to the standpoints of others than we tend to be.
Contract theorists also assume that agents can be moved to comply with principles that would be the object of agreement, with some arguing they can be so moved out of their own interest. The book show that, in contrast to the suspicion of many philosophers, this idea is largely supported by research on the dynamics of trust and our ability to distinguish trustworthy from untrustworthy others. Bringing a welcome dose of realism to the debate on contract theory, the author shows the value of assessing moral theories from an empirical perspective.

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  • Due: October 20, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-35326-5
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Moral Contract Theory and Social Cognition
Book Subtitle
An Empirical Perspective
Authors
Series Title
Theory and Decision Library A:
Series Volume
48
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-04262-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-04262-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-04261-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-35326-5
Series ISSN
0921-3384
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 233
Number of Illustrations and Tables
7 b/w illustrations
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