On mutual benefit and sacrifice: A comment on Bruni and Sugden's 'fraternity'

Economics and Philosophy 25 (2):179-185 (2009)
This note comments on Bruni and Sugden's interesting notion of fraternity among contract partners as joint commitment to cooperate for mutual benefit. I raise two points on their paper, both concerning the role of sacrifice. First I maintain that, differently from other social preferences, guilt aversion (or warm glow) does not imply self-sacrifice. Secondly, I argue that aiming for mutual benefit does not prevent individuals from facing trade-offs between their own and their partnerssacrifices’ enhance cooperative intentions and help create feelings of friendliness
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