The Problem of Rational Compliance with Rules

Journal of Value Inquiry 43 (1):19-32 (2009)
Ben Eggleston
University of Kansas
The problem of rational compliance with rules is the problem of how it can be rational for an agent to follow a rule with a purely consequentialist justification in a case in which she knows that she can do more good by breaking it. This paper discusses two ways in which responses to this problem can fail to address it, using Alan Goldman’s article “The Rationality of Complying with Rules: Paradox Resolved” as a case study.
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DOI 10.1007/s10790-008-9143-7
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