Autonomy and Settling: Rehabilitating the Relationship between Autonomy and Paternalism

Utilitas 27 (3):303-325 (2015)
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In this paper I show the short-comings of autonomy-based justifications for exemptions from paternalism and appeal to the value of settling to defend an alternative well-being-based justification. My well-being-based justification, unlike autonomy-based justifications, can 1) explain why adults but not children are exempt from paternalism; 2) show which kinds of paternalism are justified for children; 3) explain the value of the capacity of autonomy; 4) offer a plausible relationship between autonomy and exemption from paternalism; and 5) give political philosophers a justification for exempting persons from paternalism even if broad scepticism about the capacity for autonomy is justified.



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Rosa Terlazzo
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