The principle of fairness : theory, defence, and application
Kim, Dong-il (2011) The principle of fairness : theory, defence, and application. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.
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Theories of social justice propose various principles for the just regulation of
social institutions and practices. However, why should individuals comply with
the rules of just social institutions? To answer this question, a theory of
obligation is required.
This thesis examines and defends the principle of fairness as a theory of
individual obligation. It begins by reviewing the debates within political
philosophy over the principle since its initial formulation by H. L. A. Hart.
Thereafter, the defence of the principle of fairness proceeds in three stages. First,
the thesis explores the moral foundations of the principle. It is argued that the
concepts of right, equality, and fairness as reciprocity work as the moral
foundations provided that fairness as reciprocity has priority over right and
equality. On the basis of this reciprocity-based foundation, a revised principle of
fairness is stated, which specifies the conditions for the justification of an
obligation to follow institutional rules. Second, the thesis rebuts main objections
levelled against the principle: the consent argument, the limiting argument, and
the utility argument. Finally, the principle of fairness is defended as a principle
that has appealing normative implications for one of the most important
challenges we face in recent times, global climate change.
With theoretical elaboration, defence against main objections, and
practical application, this thesis presents a comprehensive development of the
principle of fairness as a plausible theory of obligation.
|Item Type:||Thesis or Dissertation (PhD)|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Fairness, Duty, Social justice|
|Official Date:||October 2011|
|Institution:||University of Warwick|
|Theses Department:||Department of Politics and International Studies|
|Supervisor(s)/Advisor:||Clayton, Matthew, 1966- ; Reeve, Andrew|
|Sponsors:||University of Warwick|
|Extent:||vi, 289 leaves|
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