Relational Autonomy and the Social Dynamics of Paternalism

Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 17 (3):369-382 (2014)
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John Christman
Pennsylvania State University
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In this paper I look at various ways that interpersonal and social relations can be seen as required for autonomy. I then consider cases where those dynamics might play out or not in potentially paternalistic situations. In particular, I consider cases of especially vulnerable persons who are attempting to reconstruct a sense of practical identity required for their autonomy and need the potential paternalist’s aid in doing so. I then draw out the implications for standard liberal principles of paternalism, specifically in clinical or therapeutic situations. The picture of potential paternalism that emerges here is much more of a dynamic, interpersonal scenario rather than a case of two separate individuals making decisions independent of each other
Keywords Autonomy  Paternalism  Relational autonomy
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DOI 10.1007/s10677-013-9449-9
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