Exploitation as Domination: A Response to Arneson

Forthcoming in Southern Journal of Philosophy 54 (2016)

10 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2016

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Nicholas Vrousalis

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics (EIPE)

Date Written: September 2, 2016

Abstract

In a recent paper Richard Arneson criticizes the domination account of exploitation and attributes it to me and Allen Wood. In this paper, I defend the domination account against Arneson's criticisms. I begin by showing that the domination view is distinct from the vulnerability-based view defended by Wood. I also show that Alan Wertheimer's influential account of exploitation is congenial to the domination view. I then argue that Arneson's own fairness-based view of exploitation generates false negatives and trivializes the concept of exploitation, rendering it entirely parasitic on the notion of unfairness.

Keywords: Luck Egalitarianism, Exploitation, Domination

JEL Classification: D63, B14, B51

Suggested Citation

Vrousalis, Nicholas, Exploitation as Domination: A Response to Arneson (September 2, 2016). Forthcoming in Southern Journal of Philosophy 54 (2016), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2848616

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