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Promises and Perlocutions


Michael G. Pratt


Queen's University - Faculty of Law

2003

SCANLON'S CONTRACTUALISM: READINGS & RESPONSES, Matt Mattravers, ed., p. 93, Taylor and Francis, 2003

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This is a critical analysis of T.M. Scanlon's contractualist account of promising and promissory obligation. After situating Scanlon's account within one of two broad schools of thought on promising (the 'perlocutionary' school) I argue that his account fails to overcome a fatal circularity that plagues all such theories of promise. I go on to argue that Scanlon's contractualist moral theory will support an alternative, non-perlocutionary theory of promise that is not susceptible to this logical difficulty.

Keywords: Promises; Promising; Scanlon, T.M.

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Date posted: May 6, 2008  

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Pratt, Michael G., Promises and Perlocutions (2003). SCANLON'S CONTRACTUALISM: READINGS & RESPONSES, Matt Mattravers, ed., p. 93, Taylor and Francis, 2003. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1129796

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Michael Gordon Pratt (Contact Author)
Queen's University (Canada) - Faculty of Law ( email )
Macdonald Hall
Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6 K7L3N6
Canada
HOME PAGE: http://post.queensu.ca/~prattm/
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