Paternalism

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Rolf E. Sartorius
U of Minnesota Press, 1983 - Political Science - 287 pages
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Over a hundred years of controversy have established that the antipaternalistic principle so passionately argued by Mill in On Liberty is anything but simple. There are difficulties in interpreting the principle, in reconciling it with Mill's general utilitarian position, and defending it under any particular interpretation. The fourteen essays collected in Paternalism represent the shape philosophical discussions have taken in the past decade and include the classical contemporary statements as well as important new work. This book will provide philosophers, policymakers, doctors, lawyers, and students with all the major arguments that are part of the current controversy.

  

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Contents

Legal Paternalism
3
Paternalism
19
Persuasion and Coercion for Health
35
Medical Paternalism
61
Paternalism and the Mildly Retarded
83
Paternalistic Grounds for Involuntary Civil
95
Some Second Thoughts
105
Paternalism Freedom Identity and Commitment
113
A Paternalistic Theory of Punishment
139
The Limits of Proxy DecisionMaking
153
Cooperative Paternalism versus Conflictful Paternalism
171
Noncoercive Exploitation
201
Paternalism and Promoting the Good
237
Paternalism and Rational Desire
261
Bibliography
275
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About the author (1983)

Rolf Sartorius is professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Minnesota and author of many articles and the book Individual Conduct and Social Norms: A Utilitarian Account of Social Union and the Rule of Law.

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