Playing Fair and Following the Rules

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In his paper “Fairness, Political Obligation, and the Justificatory Gap” (published in the Journal of Moral Philosophy), Jiafeng Zhu argues that the principle of fair play cannot require submission to the rules of a cooperative scheme, and that when such submission is required, the requirement is grounded in consent. I propose a better argument for the claim that fair play requires submission to the rules than the one Zhu considers. I also argue that Zhu’s attribution of consent to people commonly thought to be bound to follow the rules by a duty of fair play is implausible.

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1

Jiafeng Zhu, “Fairness, Political Obligation, and the Justificatory Gap,” Journal of Moral Philosophy 12, no. 3 (2015): 290–312.

2

David Lyons, Forms and Limits of Utilitarianism (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1965), 164.

3

Zhu, “Fairness, Political Obligation, and the Justificatory Gap,” 306–309.

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Zhu, “Fairness, Political Obligation, and the Justificatory Gap,” 307–308.

9

A. John Simmons, Moral Principles and Political Obligations (Princeton, n.j.: Princeton University Press, 1979), 88.

12

Garrett Cullity, “Moral Free Riding,” Philosophy and Public Affairs 24, no. 1 (1995): 6.

13

Zhu, “Fairness, Political Obligation, and the Justificatory Gap,” 299–302. See n13 and the accompanying main body text.

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