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This justice of the manners, is that which is meant, where justice is called a virtue; and injustice a vice. (I, 15, 97) These remarks might seem to indicate a sense in which justice could be said to require of a man more than the 'rational' pursuit of his own preservation and felicity, a sense in which even on Hobbes' account Tenno would have acted 'unjustly' had he stolen from or killed the couple he met on the Irtysh River. The point is worth pursuing, for it bears on one's understanding of Hobbes' conception of the relation between the reasons for an action and the detennination of the justness or unjustness of the action or the agent, and the place of reasons for action within Hobbes' moral theory is something to which I shall eventually return in Chapter 4.

Instead, as shall be seen, they are motivated by what Rawls calls 'mutual disinterestedness'. Hut this means that whatever reasons Rawls might have to justify the elements in his description of the original position, the parties in that position will justify their choice of principles solely by reference to considerations of 'rational prudence'. In other words, as I shall try to show, they will choose principles on the basis of that 'purposive' conception of justice and morality found in the accounts of Glaucon and Hobbes.

4 'The Great Beast' I If the accounts of 'morality' discussed in the previous three chapters amount, with others akin to them, to a tradition in moral philosophy, there is as well a tradition of critical opposition to them; and if the one tradition can be said to begin with Plato's Glaucon, the other can be said to begin with his Socrates . ' He goes on: It is as though a man who is keeper of a huge and powerful beast had got to know its tempers and its desires, how best to approach and how best to handle it, when it has its sulkiest and when its mildest moods and what causes them, on what occasions it is in the habit of uttering its various cries, and what sounds will soothe or provoke it.

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