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On the logic of productive cooperation: a response to critics

Weale, A; (2017) On the logic of productive cooperation: a response to critics. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy , 20 (2) pp. 251-267. 10.1080/13698230.2016.1183761. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper identifies and responds to four critiques of democratic contractarianism, as advocated in Democratic Justice and the Social Contract, to be found in this symposium. The first is that, as a contingent practice-dependent account of justice, democratic contractarianism lacks the capacity to explain civic cooperation. The second is that, despite its intentions, Democratic Justice does not lay out an authentic contractarian theory. The third is that the theory is incompatible with our considered judgements about justice. And the fourth is that the ambition of Democratic Justice to use the empirical method to compensate for the failures of hypothetical contract theory fails because all social science needs interpretation. To each of these critiques, replies are offered, drawing attention to the way in which democratic contractarianism exemplifies a logic of social cooperation to mutual advantage that is compatible with justice provided the cooperation emerges from a bargaining situation of roughly equal power.

Type: Article
Title: On the logic of productive cooperation: a response to critics
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/13698230.2016.1183761
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13698230.2016.1183761
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy on 24 May 2016, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13698230.2016.1183761
Keywords: democracy, democratic contractarianism, justice, social contract
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1504273
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