Gerald Dworkin, professor of philosophy at the University of California-Davis, examines John What is the difference between “pure” and “impure” paternalism?. Outline of Dworkin on Paternalism (in James White text). Paternalism = limitations on personal freedom or choice, done to benefit the person. GERALD DWORKIN. MORAL PATERNALISM. (Accepted 9 February ) is a distinction being drawn between a man’s physical good and his moral good?.

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Obviously not all possibilities have been seriously put forward for acceptance. The most striking part of the definition is clause 3. As such, it is an important realm of applied ethics. These were given in the earliest xworkin of nudging and have tended to be the ones focused on. But similarity requires a metric.

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But one might still think there are sufficient differences in this case the mechanism by which this is brought about so that it is important to distinguish them. Since I believe that you are making the wrong decision although not acting impermissibly I intervene to over-rule your judgment.

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Outline of Dworkin on Paternalism

Of course, one may object to the former absolutism while accepting the latter. Paternaljsm alternative view is that whether an act is paternalistic or not cannot be determined without reference to the reasons for which the state acts. Or consider the case of a wife who hides her sleeping pills so that her potentially suicidal husband cannot use them.


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Or, one might consider the act as paternalistic even while conceding this point. Gerald Dworkin University of California, Davis. That is why they do not consider making choices very costly or difficult to be a nudge. Against your consent vs.

Law and Philosophy 24 3: This is to argue that even if the normative objections are sufficiently like the ones in central cases that is only a necessary condition not a sufficient one for similar classification.

If that is the issue being examined, then any definition which broadens paternalism so as to include interference for paternaalism sake of the protection of third parties will be rejectable. It is difficult to find “pure” cases. X does so without the consent of Y. Between Autonomy and State Regulation: Their view is Libertarian because it preserves freedom of choice.

The second objection to nudges has to do with a specific mechanism through which the ppaternalism of nudging—promotion of agent ends—is sometimes accomplished.

Warning labels, default rules such as opt-out, providing caloric information on menus cannot gegald as manipulation without using such an expansive conception of manipulation as to deprive it of any use.


The group we are trying to protect is the group of consumers not manufacturers who may not be smokers at all. David Crossley – – Journal of Business Ethics 21 4: Kantian views are frequently absolutistic in their objections to paternalism. How should we think about individual autonomy and its limits?

And these are sufficiently different to warrant different classification. It is clear that many nudges are not plausibly examples of manipulation. Don’t have an account? The agent may neither consent nor not consent.

Gerald Dworkin University of California, Davis. But one might believe that the question of whether more good than harm is produced is not simply an empirical one.

Maybe, how he acts to cause her great grief is also not. Mirror Sites View this site from another server: Perhaps the most important is: Consider the cafeteria example.

Antipaternalism and John Stuart Mill.