Choosing Justice: An Experimental Approach to Ethical Theory

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University of California Press, Jul 24, 1992 - Philosophy - 276 pages
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This book presents an entirely new answer to the question: "What is fair?" In their radical approach to ethics, Frohlich and Oppenheimer argue that much of the empirical methodology of the natural sciences should be applied to the ethical questions of fairness and justice.
 

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Contents

Empirical Considerations Concerning Impartial Reasoning
11
Research Problems
25
Research Design
33
Choices under Conditions of Impartial Reasoning
53
Basic Results Impartial Choices
55
Explaining Group Choices of Principles
67
Group Choices of a Floor Constraint
82
The Role of Experimental Factors in Individual Choices
95
Implications for Ethical Inquiry and Social Policy
151
Subject Handbook
185
Choices of Principles by Experimental Type
203
Analyzing the Role of Background and Attitudinal Variables
207
Analyzing the Effect of Location on the Level of Floor Constraint
223
Analyzing Changes in Support for Principles by Rankings
225
Production Documents
227
Setting the Imposed Principle
243

Living with Impartial Decisions
115
Stability of Preferences and Satisfaction in a Working Environment
120
Redistribution and Productivity
132
Conclusions
149

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