Tattva - Journal of Philosophy 11 (2):49-64 (2019)

Libertarian paternalism is often considered as an oxymoron that uses the means of libertarianism to meet the ends of paternalism. It is considered as paternalistic as it covertly transforms into a paternalistic apparatus through the endorsement of the choices the State/authority wants people to make. It is argued that since libertarian paternalism invokes incentives which works differently than coercion, this paper and various other scholars reiterate and respond by arguing that the mere replacement of coercion with incentives does not make libertarian paternalism less paternalistic. A libertarian paternal State exploits the malleability of men to mould their behaviour according to the propositions of the ruling class which the rulers often assert to be in the best interests of the masses. In this article, Orwell‟s Animal Farm, would be used as an analogy to unpack and conceptually analyse the ethical implications of libertarian paternalism.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
DOI 10.12726/tjp.22.5
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 70,192
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Perfectionism and Politics.Richard J. Arneson - 2000 - Ethics 111 (1):37-63.
Encyclopedia of Power.Keith Dowding (ed.) - 2011 - Sage Publications.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

In Search of Lost Nudges.Guilhem Lecouteux - 2015 - Review of Philosophy and Psychology 6 (3):397-408.
The Life You Save May Not Be Your Own.Jamie Terence Kelly - 2014 - The Good Society 23 (2):179-192.
Coercive Paternalism and the Intelligence Continuum.Nathan Cofnas - 2020 - Behavioural Public Policy 4 (1):88-107.
Paternalism and Corporate Responsibility.David Crossley - 1999 - Journal of Business Ethics 21 (4):291 - 302.
Nudge and Shove.Richard J. Arneson - 2015 - Social Theory and Practice 41 (4):668-691.
Children and the Limits of Paternalism.Brian Carey - 2017 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 20 (3):581-595.
A Trust-Based Argument Against Paternalism.Simon R. Clarke - 2013 - In Pekka Makela & Cynthia Townley (eds.), Trust: Analytic and Applied Persectives. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Rodopi. pp. 53-75.


Added to PP index

Total views
11 ( #852,497 of 2,507,121 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #417,155 of 2,507,121 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes