77 David Gauthier and The Development of a Contractarian Morality* PEDRO FRANCtS-G6mEz The appearance of the following pages might suggest an "intellectual biogra- phy". My purpose is not, though, to offer such a simple thing (interesting as it might be). Indeed, I would like to follow the evolution of Gauthier's thought not only to show how a thinker evolved from a particular view about a particular problem toward a quite original and suggestive formulation, but also to deepen our comprehension of moral contractarianism and its implications, by means of its contextualization. For this reason, I will focus not on Gauthier's philosophi- cal production as a whole (we will pay little attention to his historical works, for example), but on the papers and works that mark the line toward moral contrac- tarianism as it is found in Morals by Agreement (henceforth MA). The trajecto- ry we are about to go over is not, therefore, only a personal adventure (though it will be displayed this way), but (if I may use this pompous language) the adventure of ideas. This will not be an easy journey. Our focus on the historical development of concepts will prevent us from giving a fully
Hobbes Studies – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2000
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