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Brain Drain, Contracts, and Moral Obligation

Daniel Edward Callies
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  • Cluster of Excellence “Normative Orders”, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 1, 60323 Frankfurt am Main, Hessen 60323, Germany
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Published Online: 2016-03-08 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mopp-2015-0023


In this paper I first argue that when answering the question of whether or not governments may restrict emigration, Brock and Blake are staking out positions not astronomically far from one another. Despite the ostensibly large philosophical gap between the two, both think that certain governments may restrict emigration when such restriction is agreed to in a morally binding contract. Secondly, both authors think that there are specific “circumstances” or “conditions” under which a contract that restricts emigration can be morally binding. This second part of the paper will pose some questions that explore these various circumstances or conditions. The ultimate aim of the paper is to help point the debate in the right direction so as to further develop an answer to the question of whether or not governments may restrict emigration.

Keywords: contracts; moral obligation; legitimacy; emigration


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Published Online: 2016-03-08

Published in Print: 2016-04-01

Funding Source: DFG funded Cluster of Excellence “Normative Orders” at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main

Award identifier / Grant number: Goethe University Frankfurt am Main

This publication was supported by the DFG funded Cluster of Excellence “Normative Orders” at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main.

Citation Information: Moral Philosophy and Politics, Volume 3, Issue 1, Pages 83–93, ISSN (Online) 2194-5624, ISSN (Print) 2194-5616, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mopp-2015-0023.

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