Rights, Co-operation and Welfare

  • Robert Sugden

Abstract

If my argument so far is right, a rule is likely to acquire moral force if it satisfies two conditions:
  1. 1

    Everyone (or almost everyone) in the relevant community follows the rule.

     
  2. 2

    If any individual follows the rule, it is in his interest that his opponents — that is, the people with whom he deals — follow it too.

     
Any rule that is a convention necessarily satisfies a third condition:
  1. 3

    Provided that his opponents follow the rule, it is in each individual’s interest to follow it.

     

Keywords

Europe Income Stake 

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Copyright information

© Robert Sugden 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Sugden
    • 1
  1. 1.University of East AngliaUK

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