Libertarian Agency and Rational Morality: Action-Theoretic Objections to Gauthier's Dispositional Soution of the Compliance Problem

Southern Journal of Philosophy 26 (4):499-525 (1988)
David Gauthier thinks agents facing a prisoner's dilemma ('pd') should find it rational to dispose themselves to co-operate with those inclined to reciprocate (i.e., to acquire a constrained maximizer--'cm'--disposition), and to co-operate with other 'cmers'. Richmond Campbell argues that since dominance reasoning shows it remains to the agent's advantage to defect, his co-operation is only rational if cm "determines" him to co-operate, forcing him not to cheat. I argue that if cm "forces" the agent to co-operate, he is not acting at all, never mind rationally. Thus, neither author has shown that co-operation is rational action in a pd.
Keywords prisoners dilemma  preference revision  constrained maximization  free will  David Gauthier
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DOI 10.1111/j.2041-6962.1988.tb02162.x
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Morals by Agreement.David P. Gauthier - 1986 - Oxford University Press.
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Moral Justification and Freedom.Richmond Campbell - 1988 - Journal of Philosophy 85 (4):192-213.
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