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ManipulationTheory and Practice$
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Christian Coons and Michael Weber

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199338207

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199338207.001.0001

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Non-Machiavellian Manipulation and the Opacity of Motive

Non-Machiavellian Manipulation and the Opacity of Motive

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(p.221) 10 Non-Machiavellian Manipulation and the Opacity of Motive
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Manipulation
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Kate Manne

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199338207.003.0011

This chapter discusses manipulation as an aspect of ordinary social life, which need not stem from a sense of entitlement or contempt for other people, let alone a Machiavellian sense that these others are puppets or pawns in their own schemes. In some cases, it is the opposite: people behave manipulatively as the result of feeling that they have lost control or that they have been written off. The chapter argues further that ordinary manipulative behavior need not be conscious or intentional, even in a weak sense of what such a conscious manipulative intention might be held to be, for people’s motives in behaving manipulatively are often quite opaque to them. This suggestion runs counter to certain accounts of manipulation, such as that of Robert Noggle. And it would also have tricky—and interesting—moral implications, which the chapter explores as well.

Keywords:   manipulation, unconscious motivation, moral psychology, intent, action theory

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