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Michael Kates
Saint Joseph's University of Pennsylvania
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    Sweatshops, Exploitation, and the Case for a Fair Wage.Michael Kates - 2019 - Journal of Political Philosophy 27 (1):26-47.
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  2. The Ethics of Sweatshops and the Limits of Choice.Michael Kates - 2015 - Business Ethics Quarterly 25 (2):191-212.
    This article examines the “Choice Argument” for sweatshops, i.e., the claim that it is morally wrong or impermissible for third parties to interfere with the choice of sweatshop workers to work in sweatshops. The Choice Argument seeks, in other words, to shift the burden of proof onto those who wish to regulate sweatshop labor. It does so by forcing critics of sweatshops to specify the conditions under which it is morally permissible to interfere with sweatshop workers’ choice. My aim in (...)
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  3. The Ethical and Economic Case for Sweatshop Regulation.Mathew Coakley & Michael Kates - 2013 - Journal of Business Ethics 117 (3):553-558.
    Three types of objections have been raised against sweatshops. According to their critics, sweatshops are (1) exploitative, (2) coercive, and (3) harmful to workers. In “The Ethical and Economic Case Against Sweatshop Labor: A Critical Assessment,” Powell and Zwolinski critique all three objections and thereby offer what is arguably the most powerful defense of sweatshops in the philosophical literature to date. This article demonstrates that, whether or not unregulated sweatshops are exploitative or coercive, they are, pace Powell and Zwolinski, harmful (...)
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    Justice, Democracy, and Future Generations.Michael Kates - 2015 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 18 (5):508-528.
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    Immigration, Jurisdiction, and History.Michael Kates & Ryan Pevnick - 2014 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 42 (2):179-194.
  6. Sweatshop Regulations and Ex Ante Contractualism.Michael Kates - 2021 - Business Ethics Journal Review 9 (6):33-39.
    Kuyumcuoglu argues that defenders of sweatshop regulations should reject consequentialism and accept an ex ante interpretation of contractualism instead. In this Commentary I show that Kuyumcuoglu’s argument doesn’t succeed. Defenders of sweatshops shouldn’t become ex ante contractualists because its advantages on this issue are more apparent than real.
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    Individuals and the Demands of Justice in Nonideal Circumstances.Michael Kates - 2014 - Social Theory and Practice 40 (3):388-408.
    Ought some individuals be required to do more to combat injustice simply because others have done less? My thesis in this paper is that in order to answer thisquestion in a theoretically compelling manner, it is necessary to distinguish the social obligations that citizens have towards one another in virtue of their institutional ties or special relationships from the natural duties that all persons share simply in virtue of their status as equal moral agents. What justice demands of individuals in (...)
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    Sweatshops, Exploitation, and the Nonworseness Claim.Michael Kates - forthcoming - Business Ethics Quarterly:1-22.
    According to the nonworseness claim, it cannot be morally worse to exploit someone than not to interact with them at all when the interaction 1) is mutually beneficial, 2) is voluntary, and 3) has no negative effects on third parties. My aim in this article is to defend the moral significance of exploitation from this challenge. To that end, I develop a novel account of why sweatshop owners have a moral obligation to pay sweatshop workers a nonexploitative wage despite the (...)
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  9. Markets, Sweatshops, and Coercion.Michael Kates - 2015 - Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy 13.
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    Political Liberalism and Public Health.Athmeya Jayaram & Michael Kates - 2021 - American Journal of Bioethics 21 (9):45-47.
    In “Neutrality and Perfectionism in Public Health,” Hafez Ismaili M’hamdi poses a dilemma for defenders of “state neutrality” about political justification: either they must reject a wide ra...
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  11. Sweatshops and Exploitation.Michael Kates - 2021 - Encyclopedia of Business and Professional Ethics.
     
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