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ON COMPROMISE AND ROTTEN COMPROMISES

Avishai MargalitAvishai Margalit

Avishai Margalit is an Israeli Professor Emeritus in Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. From 2006 to 2011, he served as the George F. Kennan Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

Avishai Margalit’s book "On Compromise and Rotten Compromises" deals with political compromises: what compromises are morally acceptable and what are to be rejected as unacceptable, or "rotten". The argument of the book assigns great value to the spirit of compromise in politics, while warning against rotten ones. A rotten compromise is taken to be a compromise with a regime that exercises inhuman policies, namely systematic behaviour that mixes cruelty with humiliation or and treats humans as inhuman. The book also focuses on the tension between peace and justice, and warns against seeing these two as complementary products. The author claims that compromise is justified for the sake of peace, sometimes even at the expense of justice. Yet rotten compromises, totally unjustifiable that they are, are to be avoided come what may.

Introductory remarks and moderation:
Isolde Charim, philosopher

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