Manipulation: Theory and Practice

Paperback | July 9, 2014

EditorChristian Coons, Michael Weber

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In all groups - from couples to nation-states - people influence one another. Much of this influence is benign, for example giving advice to friends or serving as role models for our children and students. Some forms of influence, however, are clearly morally suspect, such as threats ofviolence and blackmail. A great deal of attention has been paid to one form of morally suspect influence, namely coercion. Less attention has been paid to what might be a more pervasive form of influence: manipulation. The essays in this volume address this relative imbalance by focusing onmanipulation, examining its nature, moral status, and its significance in personal and social life. They address a number of central questions: What counts as manipulation? How is it distinguished from coercion and ordinary rational persuasion? Is it always wrong, or can it sometimes be justified, and if so, when? Is manipulative influence more benign than coercion? Can one manipulateunintentionally? How does being manipulated to act bear on one's moral responsibly for so acting? Given various answers to these questions, what should we think of practices such as advertising and seduction?

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In all groups - from couples to nation-states - people influence one another. Much of this influence is benign, for example giving advice to friends or serving as role models for our children and students. Some forms of influence, however, are clearly morally suspect, such as threats ofviolence and blackmail. A great deal of attention ...

Christian Coons is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Bowling Green State University. His research focuses on theory selection in normative ethics, the nature of value, and the structural relationship between normative concepts. He has published work in each of the major sub-fields of moral philosophy: applied ethics, normative e...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:July 9, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199338213

ISBN - 13:9780199338214

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Michael Weber and Christian Coons: Introduction1. Allen Wood: Coercion, Manipulation, Exploitation2. Anne Barnhill: What is Manipulation?3. Moti Gorin: Towards a Theory of Interpersonal Manipulation4. Marcia Baron: The Mens Rea and Moral Status of Manipulation5. J.S. Blumenthal-Barby: A Framework for Assessing the Moral Status of "Manipulation"6. Claudia Mills: Manipulation as an Aesthetic Flaw7. Todd Long: Information Manipulation and Moral Responsibility8. Eric Cave: Unsavory Seduction and Manipulation9. Michael Cholbi: The Implications of Ego Depletion for the Ethics and Politics of Manipulation10. Kate Manne: Non-Machiavellian Manipulation and the Opacity of MotiveBibliographyIndex