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Cohen-Almagor, Raphael



Coercion involves two or more parties who are in conflict and whose relationships are complex and uneasy. Generally speaking, people resent coercion and, when possible, rebel against it. This paper differentiates between circumstantial coercion and person-based coercion, between coercion and brute forms of oppression, and between benevolent and malevolent coercion. Government interference to combat murder for family honour serves as a clear example of benevolent coercion. The paper further discusses the coercer's intentions and specifically addresses the issues of paternalistic coercion, coercion via third-party, and self-coercion. Two further distinctions are offered: between internalised and designated coercion, and between coercion enforced by a minority versus coercion imposed by a majority.


Cohen-Almagor, R. (2021). Coercion. Open Journal of Philosophy, 11(03), 386-409.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 2, 2021
Online Publication Date Aug 26, 2021
Publication Date 2021-08
Deposit Date Aug 26, 2021
Publicly Available Date Aug 26, 2021
Journal Open Journal of Philosophy
Print ISSN 2163-9434
Electronic ISSN 2163-9442
Publisher Scientific Research Publishing
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Issue 03
Pages 386-409
Keywords Autonomy; Coercion; Freedom; Oppression; Paternalism
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