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Distant Markets, Distant Harms: Economic Complicity and Christian Ethics

Daniel Finn


Many have asserted, without explanation, that because markets cause harms to distant others, consumers bear moral responsibility for those harms. But traditional moral analysis of individual decisions is unable to sustain this argument. The harms caused by markets to distant others continue unabated even if any particular consumer completely ceases to make market purchases. Because that consumer plays an imperceptibly small causal role, he or she as an individual is judged to have no significant moral responsibility for the harms markets cause. A deeper analysis of those causal relationships—a ... More

Keywords: economic complicity, Christian ethics, Catholic social thought, markets, critical realism, causality, moral responsibility, sociology, Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies, social structures

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199370993
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199370993.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Finn, editor
St. John's University

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