Paternalism: Theory and Practice

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Christian Coons, Michael Weber
Cambridge University Press, Feb 14, 2013 - Law - 283 pages
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Is it allowable for your government, or anyone else, to influence or coerce you 'for your own sake'? This is a question about paternalism, or interference with a person's liberty or autonomy with the intention of promoting their good or averting harm, which has created considerable controversy at least since John Stuart Mill's On Liberty. Mill famously decried paternalism of any kind, whether carried out by private individuals or the state. In this volume of new essays, leading moral, political and legal philosophers address how to define paternalism, its justification, and the implications for public policy, professional ethics and criminal law. So-called 'libertarian' or non-coercive paternalism receives considerable attention. The discussion addresses the nature of freedom and autonomy and the relation of individuals to law, policy and the state. The volume will interest a wide range of readers in political philosophy, public policy and the philosophy of law.
 

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Contents

Introduction Paternalism Issues and trends
1
Defining paternalism
25
Penal paternalism
39
Selfsovereignty and paternalism
56
The right to autonomy and the justification of hard paternalism
74
Moral environmentalism
93
Kantian paternalism and suicide intervention
115
Paternalism and the principle of fairness
134
Choice Architecture A mechanism for improving decisions while preserving liberty?
178
A psychological defense of paternalism
197
Libertarian paternalism utilitarianism and justice
216
Voluntary enslavement
231
Paternalism school choice and opportunity
247
Bibliography
266
Index
281
Copyright

Paternalism in economics
157

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Christian Coons is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Bowling Green State University.

Michael Weber is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Chair of Department at Bowling Green State University.

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