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Compromise: What makes it bad?

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This article considers what makes a compromise bad. First, it defines a compromise as a decision involving a loss of good (i.e., an evil), which should therefore be accompanied by ‘agent-regret’. Regret, however, is not moral guilt. Pace proponents of ‘dirty hands’, a morally right compromise cannot retain elements of moral wrongness (as distinct from non-moral evil). Second, the article proceeds to elaborate the features of bad compromise further in terms of common moral sense: the preferenc...

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Publication status:
Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted Manuscript

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10.1177/0953946817737926

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Humanities Division
Department:
Theology Faculty; Theology and Religion Faculty
Oxford college:
Christ Church
Publisher:
SAGE Publisher's website
Journal:
Studies in Christian Ethics Journal website
Volume:
31
Issue:
1
Pages:
34-48
Publication date:
2017-10-24
Acceptance date:
2017-07-11
DOI:
EISSN:
1745-5235
ISSN:
0953-9468
Pubs id:
pubs:832427
URN:
uri:33ba854d-74b5-4ce8-87de-38f392846bcf
UUID:
uuid:33ba854d-74b5-4ce8-87de-38f392846bcf
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pubs:832427

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