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Kollektive Güter und individuelle Verantwortung

Kollektive Güter und individuelle Verantwortung Abstract In acting within large groups the single actor typically suffers from the symptom of irrelevance of his contribution. A single contributory effect may be extremely small or, due to ‘threshold effects’, even non-existent. Given such conditions not only self-interested action, also purely altruistically motivated contribution seems to be rendered irrational. The article reasons that the famous ‘principles of generalization’ are of no help on this problem. However, a ‘principle of division’ could be used in showing, that in many situations of collective action altruistically motivated contribution is rationally sound. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Analyse & Kritik de Gruyter

Kollektive Güter und individuelle Verantwortung

Analyse & Kritik , Volume 11 (2) – Nov 1, 1989

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de Gruyter
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Copyright © 1989 by the
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0171-5860
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2365-9858
DOI
10.1515/auk-1989-0204
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Abstract

Abstract In acting within large groups the single actor typically suffers from the symptom of irrelevance of his contribution. A single contributory effect may be extremely small or, due to ‘threshold effects’, even non-existent. Given such conditions not only self-interested action, also purely altruistically motivated contribution seems to be rendered irrational. The article reasons that the famous ‘principles of generalization’ are of no help on this problem. However, a ‘principle of division’ could be used in showing, that in many situations of collective action altruistically motivated contribution is rationally sound.

Journal

Analyse & Kritikde Gruyter

Published: Nov 1, 1989

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