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Social Theory and Practice

Volume 43, Issue 2, April 2017

Jason Chen
Pages 421-441

The Core of Oppression
Why Is it Wrong?

There are seven general ways to understand the main harm of oppression: (1) political deprivation, (2) economic deprivation, (3) freedom deprivation, (4) social deprivation, (5) psychological harm, (6) the deprived capability to self-develop, or (7) some combination of the former. Though all these suggestions touch upon serious concerns, in this paper I argue that (6) is the most fitting as an explanation for why oppression is wrong.

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