Marcia Baron

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The aim of this address is to understand manipulativeness, focusing on the character trait of being manipulative, not on manipulation itself. I take it that manipulativeness is a vice, but also take seriously the claims of some that one can go too far in the opposite direction. I employ an Aristotelian model, according to which virtue is a mean, lying between extremes. If manipulativeness is one extreme, what vice or vices are there in the opposite direction? And what would be the corresponding virtue? Through this approach I try to figure out what makes manipulativeness a vice, looking not only at egregious cases of manipulativeness, but at forms of manipulativeness that some see as virtuous.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association
PublisherAmerican Philosophical Association
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2003


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