Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Carnival of Citizens #3

... is up at Sportive Thoughts -- don't miss Brandon's entry on complicity and solidarity. He points out that we are materially (though non-culpably) complicitous in evil because we enable the wrongdoing through, e.g., the liberties we uphold. This reminds me of Pogge's argument for significant negative duties. ("Even if I owned no slaves or employed no servants myself, I would still share responsibility: by contributing my labour to the society's economy, my taxes to its governments, and so forth.") Insightful stuff.

1 comment:

  1. You're right that the argument turns out to have some similarities with Pogge's argument, which I hadn't really thought of before; it will be useful to have Pogge's slightly different take to think about in order to clarify issues in my own position. Thanks!


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