Date of Completion
moral exploitation, moral vulnerability, recruit, surrogate
Field of Study
Doctor of Philosophy
I argue that accounts of exploitation have been too narrowly defined specifically with respect to notions of exploitee vulnerability and exploiter benefit. Contrary to typical accounts that formulate vulnerability in terms of a physical, economic, epistemic, or emotional constraint, I contend that agents may be rendered equally vulnerable merely in virtue of their moral commitments. Furthermore, contrary to accounts that formulate exploiter benefit in terms of a physical good or service extracted from the exploitee, I contend that agents may also be exploited by being made to shoulder additional moral burdens. After outlining these under- acknowledged normative features of exploitation, I then go on to apply them to the two real- world cases of military recruitment and commercial surrogacy.
Robillard, Michael J., "On the Moral Dimensions of Vulnerability and Exploitation" (2016). Doctoral Dissertations. 1244.