The Bigger Picture: A Commentary on the Forcehimes–Karjiker Debate

Think 18 (51):101-105 (2019)


Forcehimes poses a parity between libraries and downloading books online and concludes that the im/permissibility of one of them entails the im/permissibility of the other and vice versa. Karjiker rejects this parity arguing that the magnitudes of these two are vastly different and while libraries do not lead to a considerable market failure, downloading e-books does. In this article, I try to clarify some points, show a kind of parochialism in Karjiker’s arguments, propose a thought experiment to neutralize the magnitude problem, and justify Forcehimes’ main idea.


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