Compromises and Rotten Compromises

Compromises and Rotten Compromises - Avishai Margalit

Avishai Margalit
Institute for Advanced Study
November 19, 2008

Albert Einstein is credited with the warning: "Beware of rotten compromises." In this talk, Avishai Margalit, George F. Kennan Professor in the School of Historical Studies, attempts to explain and support this principle. Professor Margalit discusses peace, and more specifically, the "rotten compromises" that he argues we are not allowed to make for its sake. Professor Margalit expands on two historical examples: the Munich Agreement and the agreement on slavery that enabled the American Constitution.