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Intending to Benefit from Wrongdoing

Goodin, R; Pasternak, A; (2016) Intending to Benefit from Wrongdoing. Politics, Philosophy & Economics , 15 (3) pp. 280-297. 10.1177/1470594X16653624. Green open access

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Abstract

Some believe that the mere beneficiaries of wrongdoing of others ought to disgorge their tainted benefits. Others deny that claim. Both sides of this debate concentrate on unavoidable beneficiaries of the wrongdoing of others, who are presumed themselves to be innocent by virtue of the fact they have neither contributed to the wrong nor could they have avoided receiving the benefit. But as we show, this presumption is mistaken for unavoidable beneficiaries who intend in certain ways to benefit from wrongdoing, and who have therefore done something wrong in forming and acting on such an intention.

Type: Article
Title: Intending to Benefit from Wrongdoing
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1470594X16653624
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1470594X16653624
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author(s) 2016. The published version of record is available from the SAGE journals website at http://ppe.sagepub.com/content/15/3/280
Keywords: complicity; historical wrongdoing; innocent beneficiaries; intentional states; wrongful benefits
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1496984
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