By Norman Frohlich
This publication offers a completely new resolution to the query: "What is fair?" of their radical method of ethics, Frohlich and Oppenheimer argue that a lot of the empirical method of the usual sciences will be utilized to the moral questions of equity and justice.
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One can get a sense of the contrast from a quick description at the start of Part I of the experiments. Regular version: "This experiment is concerned with the justice of different income distributions. " Nonjustice version: "This experiment is concerned with committee decisions about rules to distribute income among members of a society which includes you. '' In all other respects the research instrument was identical to the basic design. These changes allowed us to test the conjecture < previous page page_46 If you like this book, buy it!
Hence it could favor the choice of maximum income. < previous page page_45 If you like this book, buy it! next page > < previous page page_46 next page > Page 46 other variants of the experiment. This variation was run with both the original and the higher-variance payoffs. Choices without Reference to Justice One concern expressed by early critics of our basic research design was that explicit discussions of distributive justice in the research instrument might skew subjects' responses and choices.
Each time the subjects kept the chits so that they could reflect on the consequences of their choices. Judging from the discussions later in the experiment, this procedure had considerable pedagogic impact. < previous page page_38 If you like this book, buy it! next page > < previous page page_39 next page > Page 39 Table 3. Example of an Income Class Assignment Chit This assigns you to the following income class: LOW (in Situation A) For each principle of justice the following income would be received by each member of this income class.