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Benjamin Ferguson
University of Warwick
  1. Betterness of permissibility.Benjamin Ferguson & Sebastian Köhler - 2020 - Philosophical Studies 177 (9):2451-2469.
    It is often assumed that morally permissible acts are morally better than impermissible acts. We call this claim Betterness of Permissibility. Yet, we show that some striking counterexamples show that the claim’s truth cannot be taken for granted. Furthermore, even if Betterness of Permissibility is true, it is unclear why. Apart from appeals to its intuitive plausibility, no arguments in favour of the condition exist. We fill this lacuna by identifying two fundamental conditions that jointly entail betterness of permissibility: ‘reasons (...)
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    The Paradox of Exploitation.Benjamin Ferguson - 2016 - Erkenntnis 81 (5):951-972.
    The concept of exploitation brings many of our ordinary moral intuitions into conflict. Exploitation—or to use the commonly accepted ordinary language definition, taking unfair advantage—is often thought to be morally impermissible. In order to be permissible, transactions must not be unfair. The claim that engaging in mutually beneficial transactions is morally better than not transacting is also quite compelling. However, when combined with the claim that morally permissible transactions are better than impermissible transactions, these three imply the counterintuitive claim that (...)
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  3. Exploitation.Benjamin Ferguson & Hillel Steiner - 2018 - In Serena Olsaretti (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Distributive Justice. Oxford, UK: pp. 533-555.
     
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    Exploitation and Disadvantage.Benjamin Ferguson - 2016 - Economics and Philosophy 32 (3):485-509.
  5. Sweatshops and Consumer Choices.Benjamin Ferguson & Florian Ostmann - 2018 - Economics and Philosophy 34 (3):295-315.
    We consider a case where consumers are faced with a choice between sweatshop-produced clothing and identical clothing produced in high-income countries. We argue that it is morally better for consumers to purchase clothing produced in sweatshops and then to compensate sweatshop workers for the difference between their actual wage and a fair wage than it is for them either to purchase the sweatshop clothing without this compensatory transfer or to purchase clothing produced in high-income countries.
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    Can Libertarians Get Away with Fraud?Benjamin Ferguson - 2018 - Economics and Philosophy 34 (2):165-184.
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    On Love’s Robustness.Benjamin Ferguson - 2018 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 21 (4):915-925.
    Recently Philip Pettit has claimed that attachment, virtue, and respect are robust goods. Robust goods require not only the actual provision of certain associated ‘thin’ goods, but also the modally robust provision of these thin goods across a range of counterfactual situations. I focus my attention on Pettit’s account of the robust good of love, which, for Pettit, is the modally robust provision of care. I argue Pettit’s account provides neither necessary nor sufficient conditions for love. In place of Pettit’s (...)
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    The Value of Robustness: Promotion or Protection?Benjamin Ferguson - 2018 - Moral Philosophy and Politics 5 (1):9-27.
    Philip Pettit has argued that the goods of attachment, virtue, and respect are robust goods in the sense that they require both the actual provision of certain benefits and the modally robust provision of these benefits. He also claims that we value the robustness of these goods because it diminishes our vulnerability to others. I question whether robustness really reduces vulnerability and argue that even if it does, vulnerability reduction is not the reason we value robustness. In place of Pettit’s (...)
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    Are We All Exploiters?Benjamin Ferguson - forthcoming - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.
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  10. Exploitation.Benjamin Ferguson - 2018 - Oxford Research Encyclopedia in Politics.
     
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  11. Exploitation.Benjamin Ferguson & Roberto Veneziani - 2018 - Economics and Philosophy 34 (3):291-294.
     
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  12. Exploitation and Labour.Benjamin Ferguson - 2018 - In Eugene Heath, Byron Kaldis & Alexi Marcoux (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Business Ethics. London: pp. 490-505.
     
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    Exploitation and the Social Economy.Benjamin Ferguson & Nicholas Vrousalis - 2019 - Review of Social Economy 77 (2):91-92.
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    Jonathan Wolff, An Introduction to Moral Philosophy , Xvi + 286 Pages. Isbn: 9780393644081. £17.99. [REVIEW]Benjamin Ferguson - 2019 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 16 (6):781-784.
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    Kant on Duty in the Groundwork.Benjamin Ferguson - 2012 - Res Publica 18 (4):303-319.
    Barbara Herman offers an interpretation of Kant’s Groundwork on which an action has moral worth if the primary motive for the action is the motive of duty. She offers this approach in place of Richard Henson’s sufficiency-based interpretation, according to which an action has moral worth when the motive of duty is sufficient by itself to generate the action. Noa Latham criticizes Herman’s account and argues that we cannot make sense of the position that an agent can hold multiple motives (...)
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    The Paradox of Exploitation: A New Solution.Benjamin Ferguson - 2013 - Dissertation, London School of Economics and Political Science
    In this thesis I present a rights-based theory of exploitation. I argue that successful conceptions of exploitation should begin with the ordinary language claim that exploitation involves `taking unfair advantage'. Consequently, they must combine an account of what it means to take advantage of another with an account of when transactions are unfair. Existing conceptions of exploitation fail to provide adequate accounts of both aspects of exploitation. -/- Hillel Steiner and John Roemer provide convincing accounts of the unfairness involved in (...)
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    Territorial Rights and Colonial Wrongs.Benjamin Ferguson & Roberto Veneziani - forthcoming - European Journal of Philosophy.
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    Virtues, Consequences, and the Market.Benjamin Ferguson - 2020 - Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics 13 (1).
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    Why Buy Local?Benjamin Ferguson & Christopher Thompson - 2021 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 38 (1):104-120.
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    A Dilemma for Permissibility-Based Solutions to the Paradox of Supererogation.Marina Uzunova & Benjamin Ferguson - 2021 - Analysis 80 (4):723-731.
    We argue that permissibility-based solutions to the paradox of supererogation encounter a nested dilemma. Such approaches solve the paradox by distinguishing moral and rational permissions. If they do not also include a bridge condition that relates these two permissions, then they violate a very plausible monotonicity condition. If they do include a bridge condition, then permissibility-based solutions either amount to rational satisficing or they collapse back into the classical account of supererogation and fail to resolve the paradox.
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  21. Routledge Companion to Libertarianism.Matt Zwolinski & Benjamin Ferguson (eds.) - forthcoming - Routledge.
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