Disagreement behind the veil of ignorance
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In this paper we argue that there is a kind of moral disagreement that survives the Rawlsian veil of ignorance. While a veil of ignorance eliminates sources of disagreement stemming from self-interest, it does not do anything to eliminate deeper sources of disagreement. These disagreements not only persist, but transform their structure once behind the veil of ignorance. We consider formal frameworks for exploring these differences in structure between interested and disinterested disagreement, and argue that consensus models offer us a solution concept for disagreements behind the veil of ignorance.
KeywordsRawls Veil of ignorance Disagreement Consensus modeling Bargaining
The authors wish to thank Samuel Freeman, Douglas Paletta, Gerald Gaus, and the audience of the Conference ‘New Directions in the Philosophy of Science’ held at the Bertinoro Conference Centre (University of Bologna) for their useful comments on earlier versions of the manuscript. The usual exculpations apply. Part of this work was funded by a Dutch Science Foundation Internationalisation Grant.
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