Exploitation: A Primer
Philosophy Compass, Forthcoming
20 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2017
Date Written: November 15, 2017
This paper reviews the recent literature on exploitation. It distinguishes between three main species of exploitation theory: (1) teleology-based, including harm and mutual benefit accounts, (2) respect-based, including mere means, force, rights, and fairness accounts, and (3) freedom-based, including vulnerability and domination accounts. It then addresses the implications of each.
Keywords: exploitation theory, historical materialism, egalitarianism, marginalism, unequal exchange, Marxism
JEL Classification: P16, B14, B24, B51
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