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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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Compromise as a Template 1

Compromise as a Template 1

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On Complicity and Compromise

Chiara Lepora

Robert E. Goodin

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyses the concept of compromise, in a way that will serve as a template for the analysis of complicity in later chapters. Three types of compromise – substitution, intersection and conjunction compromise – are distinguished. Compromises arise in the context of a conflict of principled concerns among actors. In the course of the compromise each has to do or allow the other to do something she thinks is wrong, or to refrain from doing something she thinks she should. That accounts for the sense of ‘being compromised’ that accompanies a compromise. Even if compromising was the right thing to do on balance, it is important always to bear in mind what was lost in order to secure those gains. These are all features that the more complex case of complicity shares.

Keywords:   compromise, dirty hands, substitution compromise, intersection compromise, conjunction compromise

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