TagLast edit: 18 Feb 2023 8:32 UTC by Yoav Ravid

Contractualism is a theory of Metaethics that attempts to derive morality from an agreement that even selfish agents would willingly sign if they knew about it (Scott Alexander).

“Moral contractualism is a consequence of logical decision theory, which we’ve all agreed to use.”—Eliezer Yudkowsky

T. M. Scanlon states it as such:

An act is wrong if its performance under the circumstances would be disallowed by any set of principles for the general regulation of behaviour that no one could reasonably reject as a basis for informed, unforced, general agreement. (Scanlon 1998, p. 153).

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