Paternalism and democracy

Journal of Value Inquiry 23 (4):299-318 (1989)
Abstract
This essay argues that Dworkin, Feinberg and others who claim exceptions against the principle of paternalism for the sake of preventing seroius physical harm are forced to treat mature adults as mental incompetents and that they are forced to do so by the prevailing concept of paternalism itself. The essay then shows how we can get around this dilemma by re-thinking paternalism as part of distinctly paternal relationships of domination and inequality.
Keywords paternalism  democracy  autonomy  patriarchy
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