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The Golden Rule and The Platinum Rule
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Philosophy.
2015 (English)In: Journal of Value Inquiry, ISSN 0022-5363, E-ISSN 1573-0492, Vol. 49, no 1, 221-236 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the relationships between the so-called golden rule and the so-called platinum rule. According to the golden rule (GR) you ought to treat others as you want to be treated by them; and according to the platinum rule (PR), you ought to treat others as they want to be treated by you. In this essay I argue for the following propositions. (1) (GR) and (PR) are logically independent. (2) (PR) can be derived from (GR) given that you want to be treated by others as they want to be treated by you. (3) (GR) is derivable from (PR) given that others want to be treated by you as you want to be treated by them. And (4) (GR) and (PR) are equivalent given that you want to be treated by others as they want to be treated by you, and others want to be treated by you as you want to be treated by them. I consider some possible interpretations of (GR) and (PR), and I also address the question of whether (GR) is more plausible than (PR) or vice versa, or whether they are complementary. I discuss one argument for the view that (PR) is better than (GR) and mention several arguments for the view that (GR) is better than (PR). The discussion suggests that (GR) and (PR) are complementary.

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2015. Vol. 49, no 1, 221-236 p.
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Philosophy
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Theoretical Philosophy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-111256DOI: 10.1007/s10790-014-9471-8ISI: 000349977400014OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-111256DiVA: diva2:775042
Available from: 2014-12-30 Created: 2014-12-30 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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