Taking advantage of injustice
2013 (English)In: Social Theory and Practice, ISSN 0037-802X, Vol. 39, no 4, 557-580 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
What, if anything, is wrong with taking advantage of people’s unjust circumstances when they both benefit from and consent to the exchange? The answer, some believe, is that such exchanges are wrongfully exploitative. I argue that this answer is incomplete at best, and I elaborate a different one: to take advantage of injustice is to become complicit in its reproduction. I also argue that the case for third-party interference with mutually beneficial and consensual exchanges, while normally considered weak, is strengthened once these exchanges are understood as implicated in broader unjust structures.
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Department of Philosophy, Florida State University , 2013. Vol. 39, no 4, 557-580 p.
complicity, exploitation, hard bargains, responsibility, structural injustice
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-97258DOI: 10.5840/soctheorpract201339432OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-97258DiVA: diva2:645781