Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

How Exploiters Dominate

Workshop with Nicolas Vrousalis (Leiden University)

This paper argues that exploitation is domination for self-enrichment; to exploit is therefore to benefit from unfreedom and not from unfairness. The paper sets out by sketching a nonrepublican account of domination as the possession of subordinating power over others. It then argues that the principal wrongmaking feature of exploitation is domination in this sense. The paper also argues that different accounts of the wrongmaking features of exploitation, whether fairness- or vulnerability-based, trivialize the concept of exploitation. They also signally fail to explain basic intuitions about the fundamental role of power in exploitative social relations.

Date and time: 15 November 2016, 3pm-5pm
Location: REC B3.02, Nieuwe Achtergracht 166, 1018 WV Amsterdam

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