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Single Idea 20879

[catalogued under 25. Social Practice / C. Rights / 2. Moral rights]

Full Idea

Having options is not an unadulterated good. Options may make us vulnerable to unwanted pressure from others. For example, having the option to work for less than the minimum wage increases the chances of employers offering less.

Gist of Idea

Too many options may open us to unwanted pressures, like being paid very little


Hugh LaFollette (Introductions in 'Ethics in Practice' [2002], p.019)

Book Reference

'Ethics in Practice (2nd Ed)', ed/tr. LaFollette,Hugh [Blackwell 2002], p.19

A Reaction

[J.D. Velleman is cited for this] A nice point, beginning to articulate my growing feeling that although freedom is generally a virtue, it is the most overrated virtue.