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Gambling on another person and relying on another person are similar but intuitively distinct phenomena. This paper argues that gambling is distinguished by the stance that it necessarily involves towards the bet-upon conduct. It then contends that, where one has gambled upon the conduct of another, one has no standing to complain against that person for losses that result. This small point may have significant implications for how we think about speculative economic losses.


This is an author-accepted manuscript -- a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society following peer review. The version of record Cornell, Nicolas . "VIII—Gambling on Others and Relying on Others." Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 121, no. 2 (2021): 203-220 is available online at: