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On Complicity and Compromise

Chiara Lepora and Robert E. Goodin


We hear allegations of complicity all the time. Yet there are many ways of being mixed up with the wrongdoing of others. Not all of them are morally on a par; some are worse than others. Furthermore, contributing complicitly to wrongdoing, while still wrong in itself, might nonetheless be the right thing to do if that is the only way to achieve some greater good. Drawing on deep scholarship in philosophy, law and political science, and on a wealth of practical experience delivering emergency medical services in conflict-ridden settings, Lepora and Goodin summarize their analysis in a formula t ... More

Keywords: complicity, torture, physician, prisoner, medical ethics, role morality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199677900
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677900.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chiara Lepora, author
Programme Manager for operations in the Middle East of Médecins sans Frontiéres / Doctors Without Borders

Robert E. Goodin, author
Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Australian National University and Professor of Government at University of Essex