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Philosophical Studies Series

The Moral Wager

Evolution and Contract

Authors: Murray, Malcolm

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  • Offers the best overarching defence of evolutionary ethics yet
  • Provides an excellent synthesis of biology, game theory, and contractarian ethics
  • Proposes a revisionist contractarian normative theory
  • High-level, sustained, dialectic progression throughout
  • Written in wonderfully clear, witty, and engaging style
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This book illuminates and sharpens moral theory, by analyzing the evolutionary dynamics of interpersonal relations in a variety of games. We discover that successful players in evolutionary games operate as if following this piece of normative advice: Don't do unto others without their consent.

From this advice, some significant implications for moral theory follow. First, we cannot view morality as a categorical imperative. Secondly, we cannot hope to offer rational justification for adopting moral advice. This is where Glaucon and Adeimantus went astray: they wanted a proof of the benefits of morality in every single case. That is not possible. Moral constraint is a bad bet taken in and of itself. But there is some good news: moral constraint is a good bet when examined statistically.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Irrealism

    Pages 13-34

  • Against Moral Categoricity

    Pages 35-57

  • Self-Interest

    Pages 59-91

  • Rationality‚Äôs Failure

    Pages 93-114

  • Evolutionary Fit

    Pages 115-146

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Moral Wager
Book Subtitle
Evolution and Contract
Authors
Series Title
Philosophical Studies Series
Series Volume
108
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-5855-4
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-5855-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-5854-7
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7459-1
Series ISSN
0921-8599
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 247
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