MIGHT KANTIAN CONTRACTUALISM BE THE SUPREME PRINCIPLE OF MORALITY?
Article first published online: 21 JAN 2009
© 2009 The Author. Journal compilation © 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Volume 22, Issue 1, pages 78–97, March 2009
How to Cite
Rosen, G. (2009), MIGHT KANTIAN CONTRACTUALISM BE THE SUPREME PRINCIPLE OF MORALITY?. Ratio, 22: 78–97. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9329.2008.00419.x
- Issue published online: 21 JAN 2009
- Article first published online: 21 JAN 2009
According to Parfit, the best version of Kantian ethics takes as its central principle Kantian Contractualism: the thesis that everyone ought to follow the principles whose universal acceptance everyone could rationally will. This paper examines that thesis, identifies a class of annoying counterexamples, and suggests that when Kantian Contractualism is modified in response to these examples, the resulting principle is too complex and ad hoc to serve as the ‘supreme principle of morality’.