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ManipulationTheory and Practice$
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Christian Coons and Michael Weber

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199338207

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199338207.001.0001

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Towards a Theory of Interpersonal Manipulation

Towards a Theory of Interpersonal Manipulation

(p.73) 3 Towards a Theory of Interpersonal Manipulation

Moti Gorin

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This chapter begins to chart out a novel account of interpersonal manipulation. Most of the arguments are negative, as the bulk of the essay is devoted to showing what manipulation is not. After criticizing several more or less plausible claims about the nature of manipulation—that manipulation necessarily involves deception, harm, the undermining of autonomy, or the bypassing or subversion of the manipulated agent’s rational capacities—the chapter sketches a more promising view. It concludes with some very brief remarks on how the theory of manipulation that is begun to be developed here might help provide the basis for a new and interesting ethical analysis of manipulation.

Keywords:   manipulation, rational capacities, autonomy, agency, deception, undue influence, reasons

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