Profiting from poverty

Ole Koksvik, Gerhard Øverland

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We consider whether and under what conditions it is morally illicit to profit from poverty. We argue that when profit counterfactually depends on poverty, the agent making the profit is morally obliged to relinquish it. Finally, we argue that the people to whom the profit should be redirected are those on whom it counterfactually depends.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)341-367
Number of pages27
JournalCanadian Journal of Philosophy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • benefiting from injustice
  • exploitation
  • Poverty
  • poverty-profit principle
  • profiting from poverty
  • sweatshops

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