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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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Complicity and its Conceptual Cousins

Complicity and its Conceptual Cousins

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On Complicity and Compromise

Chiara Lepora

Robert E. Goodin

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an inventory of concepts related to complicity: co-operation; conspiring; collaboration; collusion; connivance; condoning; consorting; and full joint wrongdoing. Some of those refer to acts of co-principals, which are (partially) constitutive of the principal wrongdoing. Complicity, properly understood, concerns acts which are instead (potentially) causal contributions to the wrongdoing of another agent. Several practices under discussion are, or can be, of that form. Finally, some practices relate the other person's wrongdoing in some way or another but cannot make any causal contribution to it, and hence do not count as ‘complicity’. The interplay of these concepts is illustrated through two extended examples: one, concerning a getaway driver in a bank robbery, focuses on actions that are performed after the principal wrongdoing; the second, concerning a backup assassin, explores how agents whose contributions are seemingly redundant might nonetheless be seen as contributing to and hence complicit in a wrongdoing.

Keywords:   complicity, co-operation, conspiring, collaboration, collusion, connivance, condoning, consorting, full joint wrongdoing, backup assassin, getaway driver

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