Economics at your fingertips  

A note on discourse ethics and naturalized social contracts

Kiichiro Yagi ()
Additional contact information
Kiichiro Yagi: Setsunan University

Evolutionary and Institutional Economics Review, 2018, vol. 15, issue 2, 341-350

Abstract: Abstract Beginning the first section with Joseph Heath’s criticism on Jürgen Habermas’s discourse ethics, the author clarifies the structure of deontological ethics in its Kantian version and discourse ethics version. He argues that if we are not satisfied with a transcendental inference, we should take a naturalistic approach to the problem of ethics and norms. In the second section, he appreciates the game theoretic approach to the problematic social contract by Brian Skyrms and Kenneth Binmore. As a result of the historical evolution of a society, a naturalistic version of ethics (e.g., Binmore’s empathy equilibrium) comes to reflect historical heritage and then the dominant social structure. In the third section, he offers a scheme of the dual structure of the normative and real dimensions to grasp the problematic areas of the ethical problem. He explains these areas and maintains that a dual-dimension scheme can compensate for the partiality of both the idealist and naturalist directions.

Keywords: Discourse ethics; Kantian imperative; Naturalized social contracts; Dual structure of normative and real dimensions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A13 D63 D64 Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
References: Add references at CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link) Abstract (text/html)
Access to the full text of the articles in this series is restricted.

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link:

Ordering information: This journal article can be ordered from
https://www.springer ... theory/journal/40844

Access Statistics for this article

Evolutionary and Institutional Economics Review is currently edited by Kiichiro Yagi, Yuji Aruka and Takahiro Fujimoto

More articles in Evolutionary and Institutional Economics Review from Springer
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Sonal Shukla ().

Page updated 2019-11-06
Handle: RePEc:spr:eaiere:v:15:y:2018:i:2:d:10.1007_s40844-018-0105-x