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- n. One who promises, one who makes promises.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who promises.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who promises; one who engages, assures, stipulates, or covenants: in legal use promisor.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person who makes a promise
If the trust of the promiser is the ground of the moral obligation to keep a promise, then prior to the promisee coming to trust the promiser, no such obligation exists.
I have no dog in this race but I'll go with the "promiser" who is not affiliated with that promise breaker named Obama.
If a candidate promiser to change the tone, doesnt this give the opposition control over whether he keeps his promise, and therefore an incentivde to be disagreeable.
Gill Pratt, Jefferson; I'd hate to think that the nomination could come down to who's the most promiscuous pardon promiser.
But real health care reform of the kind that Democratic candidates were promising during last year's presidential campaign is dead, killed by the timidity of the promiser-in-chief, President Barack Obama (and by the massive corruption of the Democrats in Congress, who hav e accepted the tainted coin of the health care industry).
The size of that gamble, the ammorality of it, and the arrogance involved that plan A will work and who the hell needs to compute the effect if it doesn't render him akin to George Bush (another great campaigner and promiser) and are part of the numerous reasons I'm voting for McCain rather than Obama even though I am a life long liberal Democrat.
We don't know yet, because unlike George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, our president doesn't moonlight as over-promiser in chief.
This belief, combined with beliefs about the moral rectitude of the promiser, give the promisee a sound reason to believe that the promiser will keep her promise.
The act utilitarian explanation for promissory obligations is that these obligations arise from the negative consequences that attend the breaking of promises, where these negative consequences are, at least in part, created by the effects of the promise on the promisee, specifically, the creation in the promisee of the expectation that the promiser will keep her promise.
So only a partner who was disposed to keep promises even in cases where doing so wouldn't maximize his utility (i.e., a non-foolish promiser) could be relied upon to do his part in a prisoner's dilemma scenario, and thus only those sorts of promisers could reach the agreements that constitute these solutions.
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