The Toxin and the Tyrant: Two Tests for Gauthier's Theory of Rationality

Twentieth-Century Values (2002)

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This paper discusses David Gauthier’s attempt to refine the theory underlying constrained maximization so that it ceases to have a certain implication that he regards as objectionable. It argues that the refinement Gauthier introduces may be initially appealing, but actually does his theory more harm than good.

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