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On Complicity and Compromise$
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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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Grading Engagement with Wrongdoing

Grading Engagement with Wrongdoing

Dimensions of Difference

(p.59) 4 Grading Engagement with Wrongdoing
On Complicity and Compromise

Chiara Lepora

Robert E. Goodin

Oxford University Press

Practices associated with complicity differ in many ways that make them more or less related to the principal wrongdoing. Acts might be more or less essential to the principal wrongdoing occurring: they can be literally constitutive of the principal wrongdoing, or they can be causally definitely or potentially essential to it; or they can be completely inessential to it. They can be more or less central, making a larger contribution or in some other way increasing its probability. They can be more or less proximate to the principal wrongdoing, and more or less repetitive or irreversible. Agents can take various mental stances towards the principal’s plan of wrongdoing: they can be fellow plan-makers or mere plan-takers; they can agree with the plan of wrongdoing or have mental reservations; they can be responsive, or not, to changes in the wrongdoer’s plan and behaviour.

Keywords:   complicity, essential to wrongdoing, central to wrongdoing, proximate to wrongdoing, plan-maker, plan-taker, mutual responsiveness

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