Exploitation, Degradation, and Other Moral Concerns

Aaron James

in Fairness in Practice

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199846153
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933389 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Political Philosophy

Exploitation, Degradation, and Other Moral Concerns

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This chapter accounts for the significance of “external” moral issues, with special concern for labor exploitation and environmental degradation. Standard economic arguments for “sweatshops” do not take the charge of exploitation seriously. The charge can in principle be answered, but not without significant international and transnational efforts to advance prospects for developing country workers. Concerns of environmental degradation potentially pose a more fundamental problem to the very existence of a global economy. It is suggested that its socioeconomic benefits, especially to poor people, are sufficiently important to preserve its basic legitimacy.

Keywords: Labor exploitation; “sweatshops,” labor standards; ethical consumerism; corporate responsibility; environmental degradation; conservation; preservation; protectionism; moral values

Chapter.  11344 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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