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The Problem of “Dirty Hands” and Corrupt Leadership
By Laurie L. Calhoun
This article appeared in the Winter 2004 issue of The Independent Review


Abstract

Is good governance fully compatible with adherence to moral principles, or does it sometimes require their sacrifice? Philosophers throughout the ages have grappled with the problem of “dirty hands” that results from political leaders having to choose between unsatisfactory alternatives.



Other Independent Review articles by Laurie L. Calhoun
    Fall 2011   The Silencing of Soldiers
    Winter 2011   Political Philosophers on War: Arguments inside the “Just War” Box
    Winter 2006   Michael Walzer on Just War Theory’s “Critical Edge”: More Like a Spoon Than a Knife
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Volume 8 Number 3
Winter 2004

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