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Chiara Lepora and Robert E. Goodin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199677900

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677900.001.0001

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A Messy Moral Landscape

(p.1) 1 Introduction
On Complicity and Compromise

Chiara Lepora

Robert E. Goodin

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces the problem of complicity through a conversation between an academic philosopher and practitioner of emergency medicine in conflict zones. It foreshadows our conclusions that complicity involves making a causal contribution to the wrongdoing of others, knowingly but not necessarily sharing the purposes of the wrongdoers. It illustrates how our analysis might provide a better account of the plight of humanitarian actors in conflict situations. It highlights the importance of adapting moral methodology to the complexities of the radically non-ideal world.

Keywords:   complicity, moral methodology, humanitarianism, non-ideal moral theory, dirty hands

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