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Does the Principle of Cooperation in Wrongdoing Work When Assessing Economic Complicity?

Dominic Farrell

Abstract


In Market Complicity and Market Ethics (2011), Albino Barrera singles out the “principle of cooperation in another’s wrongdoing” (PCW) as Catholic moral theology’s main contribution to the issue. However, he deems it unsuitable for assessing our responsibility for accumulative yet unstructured market harms and proposes an alternative framework. This article argues that PCW works better for assessing market complicity. It operates with a more sophisticated account of agency and avoids certain inconsistencies that arise within Barrera’s proposed framework. It is well-suited for an analysis of market complicity because it involves an appreciation of how one is not necessarily responsible for all the consequences of one’s actions in per accidens causal arrangements, such as those of the market.

Dominic Farrell, "Does the Principle of Cooperation in Wrongdoing Work When Assessing Economic Complicity?" Journal of Markets & Morality 22, no. 1 (Spring 2019): 99-116.


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