Practical Philosophy Seminar: Chris Armstrong (University of Southampton)

"Dealing with dictators"

Abstract: "Dictatorship is a moral outrage. How should outsiders - including those committed to liberal democratic principles - respond to it? A number of philosophers have argued that we have a duty to cease trading with dictatorships. I will distinguish instrumental and non-instrumental arguments for breaking off trade with dictatorships. But in each case I will show that the case for breaking off trade is harder to make than we might suppose. In fact, I will suggest, our best moral response to the horror of dictatorship might turn out to be to trade more, rather than less, with countries blighted by it."

Published May 23, 2019 10:01 AM - Last modified Sep. 12, 2019 4:49 PM