Politics, Philosophy and Economics 12 (4):345-360 (2013)

Authors
Jeremy Snyder
Simon Fraser University
Abstract
Scholarship aiming to describe the wrongness of exploitation, especially when it is voluntary and mutually beneficial, has increased greatly in recent years. In this paper, I expand the scope of this discussion by highlighting a set of additional ethical concerns associated with many cases of mutually voluntary and beneficial exploitation. Specifically, I argue that the phenomenon of persons desperately seeking out and gratefully accepting exploitative interactions raises special moral concerns. The element of voluntariness is key to understanding how and why some exploitative interactions are degrading to exploitees. When an exploitative offer does not allow the exploitee sufficient progress toward a decent minimum of human functioning, these offers can create what I call a 'demeaning choice', where the exploitee may either accept the status quo or accept an offer that improves the exploitee's insufficiently. In these cases, the exploitee's participation in the interaction contributes to its demeaning quality, creating a form of `surface endorsement' of the treatment that she receives
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1177/1470594X13496067
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 71,379
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Responsibility for Justice.Iris Marion Young - 2011 - Oxford University Press USA.
World Poverty and Human Rights.Thomas Pogge - 2002 - Ethics and International Affairs 19 (1):1-7.
Value in Ethics and Economics.Elizabeth Anderson - 1993 - Harvard University Press.
Exploitation.Alan Wertheimer - 1996 - Princeton University Press.

View all 20 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Gamification of Labor and the Charge of Exploitation.Tae Wan Kim - 2018 - Journal of Business Ethics 152 (1):27-39.

View all 8 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Exploitation and Commercial Surrogate Motherhood.Hugh V. McLachlan & J. K. Swales - 2001 - Human Reproduction and Genetic Ethics 7 (1):8--14.
Exploitation and Sweatshop Labor: Perspectives and Issues.Jeremy Snyder - 2010 - Business Ethics Quarterly 20 (2):187-213.
Exploitation.Allen W. Wood - 1995 - Social Philosophy and Policy 12 (2):136--158.
Guestworkers and Exploitation.Robert Mayer - 2005 - Review of Politics 67 (2):311--334.
What's Wrong with Exploitation?Robert Mayer - 2007 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 24 (2):137–150.
Exploitation in Biomedical Research.David B. Resnik - 2003 - Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 24 (3):233--259.
Sweatshops, Choice, and Exploitation.Matt Zwolinski - 2007 - Business Ethics Quarterly 17 (4):689-727.
The Ethics of Exploitation.Paul McLaughlin - 2008 - Studia Philosophica Estonica 1 (3):5-16.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2013-08-01

Total views
41 ( #278,658 of 2,519,659 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
6 ( #116,787 of 2,519,659 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes