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Manipulation: Theory and Practice

Christian Coons and Michael Weber


As social creatures, we influence one another in a variety of ways. Much of this influence is benign—for example, advising family and friends, serving as role models for our children and students. Some forms of influence, however, are clearly morally suspect, such as violence, threats of violence, and blackmail. A great deal of attention has been paid to one form of morally suspect influence, namely coercion. Less attention has been paid to what might be a more pervasive form of influence: manipulation. The chapters in this volume address this relative imbalance by focusing on manipulation, ex ... More

Keywords: manipulation, coercion, influence, advertising, seduction, responsibility, Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein, Nudge

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199338207
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199338207.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christian Coons, editor
Bowling Green State University

Michael Weber, editor
Bowling Green State University