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Monday, May 17, 2010
Thought Experiment: Gas Company and Formal Cooperation with Evil
A chemical company manufactures a cyanide gas compound. The company then markets its product with a fact sheet entitled "Resources for Killing Human Beings." The fact sheet says:
-that the company produces a gas compound "that facilitates the killing of humans"
-that the company "offers a wide array of gas compounds for killing humans"
-that the company can "produce or enhance gas compounds with specific properties that facilitate the killing of humans".
The gas compound can be used in other non-human-killing ways, which are entirely moral.
Is the company acting ethically? Is the company committing formal cooperation with evil? Or is the company committing some level of material cooperation with evil (that might be either morally permissible or impermissible)?
(Also, is my thought experiment an unfair comparison to this scenario?)
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