By Nicholas Southwood
Contractualism has a venerable historical past and massive attraction. but as an account of the principles or final grounds of morality it's been inspiration via many philosophers to be topic to deadly objections. during this publication Nicholas Southwood argues another way. starting by way of detailing and diagnosing the shortcomings of the prevailing "Hobbesian" and "Kantian" types of contractualism, he then proposes a singular "deliberative" version, in accordance with an interpersonal, deliberative belief of useful cause. He argues that the deliberative version of contractualism represents an enticing substitute to its extra established competitors and that it has the assets to supply a extra compelling account of morality's foundations, person who does justice to the dual calls for of ethical accuracy and explanatory adequacy.