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Minimal MoralityA Multilevel Social Contract Theory$
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Michael Moehler

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198785927

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198785927.001.0001

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Morals and Politics

Morals and Politics

(p.181) 6 Morals and Politics
Minimal Morality

Michael Moehler

Oxford University Press

In this chapter the author discusses for democratic societies some of the institutional implications of the two-level contractarian theory. The chapter argues that, for specific empirical circumstances, the demands of the weak principle of universalization are best institutionalized by a productivist welfare state. Further, for these circumstances, the chapter defends on productivist grounds an unconditional subsistence income for economically advanced democratic societies and the restriction of high levels of economic inequality, if such inequality negatively affects social and economic development. Finally, the chapter analyzes some of the institutional implications of the two-level contractarian theory for the topic of global justice.

Keywords:   productivist welfare state capitalism, unconditional subsistence income, economic inequality, global justice, contractarian theory

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