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Lecture 14

Lecture 14 - Rawl’s critique of Intuitionism

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Daniel Kofman

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March 6, 2014 Kymlicka – chap. 2 (utilitarianism), 3 (Rawl’s theory) and 1 • The blindness of utilitarianism to distribution • It doesn’t matter how the aggregate good is distributed, as long as it’s maximized • Rawls – distribution matters! Everyone gets some amount of what’s valuable • Intuitions – how do we know if a theory is right? Maybe slavery is right since it maximizes overall happiness. We know slavery is wrong because we have some sort of moral intuition. Rawl’s critique of intuitionism: • Intuition 1: do not harm innocent people • Intuition 2: maximize welfare • Intuition 3: respect equal liberty • Could I assume all 3 intuitions under something higher? Utilitarianism and Consequentialism says you can put it under a higher principle – maximize happiness. • You’ll eventually reach a plurality of highest order principles – making further sub- subsumptions will be plain wrong (utilitarianism) or something trivial/uninformative subsumption • Aristotle adopts this pluralist view – you can’t subsume everything under a highest order principle • This leads to the priority problem – How do you decide conflicts of principles? • Can we only rely on intuition? No way, we can’t adjudicate conflicts between highest order principles except by further intuitions. • Intuitionists can only rely on intuition – they have nothing else to rely on • Rawls says we can do better • Different theorists or citizens will have different rankings between values (say equality and utility) which can each be represented by a distinct ‘indifference curve’(a graph demonstrating equally preferable combinations between the two values), and intuitionism cannot offer any reason for a higher-order preference of one of these indifference curves over another. • Constructive procedure – borrows the idea of a contract (but a hypothetical one) • Features – initially conditions in which the contract will take place is the original condition • Fair selection of principle
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