"On Complicity and Compromise" by Chiara Lepora and Robert E. Goodin

Ethics & International Affairs, Volume 27.4 (Winter 2013)

January 10, 2014

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On Complicity and Compromise, Chiara Lepora and Robert E. Goodin (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), 181 pp., $99 cloth.

Review by Hugo Slim

Chiara Lepora, an Italian doctor with Médecins Sans Frontières, and Robert Goodin, an American philosopher based at the Australian National University in Canberra, have joined forces to produce an elegant and exceptional book. With humanitarian ethics as its starting point, On Complicity and Compromise elaborates a sophisticated and practical approach to complicity that will be profoundly useful to a much wider audience than humanitarians alone. The rigor and simplicity of this book will be of real value to anyone grappling with difficult ethical choices in politics, business, diplomacy, policing, or social services.

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