[hist-analytic] David Lewis, Grice and Rawlsian Contracts
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Baynesr at comcast.net
Sat Jan 2 11:57:01 EST 2010
I haven't been able to reply to Speranza on a couple of occasions.
This post goes part way to explaining why, aside from getting the
final touches on the Anscombe book.
As a result of an interesting and provocative discussion, I
turned my attention, recently, to Rawls . In particular to a comparison
of Rawlsian contract theory and that of Hobbes. I've decided to do an
extended work on Rawls , Popper and Ronald Dworkin . My aim
is, among other things, to state my case against Rawls on contract.
Now an interesting development, one that may particularly interest JL ,
is that there is an extended discussion of Grice on "Meaning" in
David Lewis's stimulating work _Convention : A Philosophical Study_ .
Now I haven't looked at this closely, because I'm still thinking about
Lewis's views on conventions vs. contracts. It occurred to me that there
is a connection here to Dworkin's criticisms of H. L. Hart on the nature
of law. What I'm fiddling with is the difference between normative and
nonnormative conventions in connection with this distinction between
laws and contracts. I will probably end up rejecting contract theory as
well as utilitarianism. My predilection is for "perfectionist" views in
ethics but the material on this is sparse and obscure.
What I'm doing is tackling Rawls on contract on economic doctrine.
My own position , generally, is that of Joseph Schumpeter with some
"upgrading" based on the economist, Baumol , and others. Rawls is
deliciously vulnerable, but more deliciously insightful on these matters.
Dworkin (Ronald), I keep reading and every new look contains a new
insight. The matter of the "hard case" in law really has some nice
aspects amenable to recent work on mind. We'll see. Anyway, JL might
be looking at some postings on Lewis and Grice .
I might begin with an attack on Lewis based on a nonsequitur related
to reciprocity which I think occurs in his book on convention, reciprocity
it may recalled is an essential element in Rawlsian contract theory.
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