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Dworkin On Paternalism

LIBERTY AND PATERNALISM John Stuart Mill and Gerald Dworkin have distinctly opposing views on legal paternalism in that Mill is adamantly against any form of paternalism, whereas Dworkin believes that there do exist circumstances in which paternalism is justified. Both agree that paternalism is justified when the well being of another person is violated or put at risk. Mill takes on a utilitarian argument, explaining that allowing an individual to exercise his freedom of free choice is more beneficial...

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Medical Paternalism or Patient Autonomy

Medical Paternalism or Patient Autonomy At issue in the controversy over medical paternalism is the problem of patient autonomy. Medical paternalism can be defined as interfering with a patient’s freedom for his or her own well-being; patient autonomy means being able to act and make a decision intentionally, with understanding, and without controlling influences (Munson, 38 & 39). The principle of informed consent has come to be essential to any philosophical analysis of the tension between...

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Nudge Paternalism

I aim to provide a brief argument against Paternalism and an evaluation of Nudge Paternalism, as a means to emphasize the advantages of this softer form of paternalism, despite its violation on autonomy, as opposed to complete ‘laisser-faire’. I will conclude that despite its violation on autonomy, Libertarian Paternalism is a justified method of policy making due to its ability to efficiently maximize welfare. First, I would like to define Paternalism and explain that its strong version limits...

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Asymmetric Paternalism

Regulation for Conservatives: Behavioral Economics and the Case for "Asymmetric Paternalism" To begin to understand this article we must first define what the authors mean by asymmetric paternalism. According to the Oxford Dictionary, asymmetric is without symmetry or not divided equally. The definition of paternalism states that it is behaving in a paternal way or limiting freedom and responsibility by well-meant regulations. The authors state that the paternal regulations discussed are those...

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Mill vs Dworkin

Mill - Dworkin debate 1. Mill’s utilitarian argument against paternalism "I forego any advantage which could be derived to my argument from the idea of abstract right as a thing independent of utility. I regard utility as the ultimate appeal on all ethical questions; but it must be utility in the largest sense, grounded on the permanent interests of man as a progressive being". Mill does not argue that liberty is a right but rather that giving people liberty has beneficial consequences. Mill thinks...

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Medical Paternalism or Patient Autonomy

 Medical Paternalism or Patient Autonomy Elizabeth Russell D’ Youville College PHI: 312 Bioethics Julie Kirsch October 29, 2014 A common and controversial issue facing many medical professionals is medical paternalism versus patient autonomy. At the heart of every practitioner/patient relationship is trust, and the duty to uphold the patient’s best interest both ethically and privately. These foundations seem basic on the surface, but underneath lies a much more complex issue....

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Autonomy vs Paternalism

autonomy and paternalism. Decision-making would be so much easier if we all maintained our autonomy in making the decision, however, because our decisions do not always abide by autonomistic values paternalistic intervention must occur. The purpose of autonomy is to allow us to choose to do things that affect only ourselves and does not negatively affect those around us. Unfortunately, many choices do, whether we know it or not, involve those in our environment. Paternalism is in place to...

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Philosophy of love and sex-Nozik & Dworkin

A Nozick and Dworkin comparison Philosophy of Love and Sex Introduction This paper compares and contrasts the philosophical views of two thinkers: Robert Nozick and Andrea Dworkin on the subject of Romantic Love (Eros / Being in Love). By romantic love, Nozick and Dworkin are referring to the possibility of two individuals sharing a single identity: in other words, what Nozick calls love’s bond and Dworkin calls communion. Where Nozick and Dworkin differ is over the...

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Industrial Paternalism: the Company Town

Industrial Paternalism: The Company Town ABSTRACT: Industrial Paternalism has had an impact on the way that unions are viewed in today’s society. The early 1900’s saw many Company Towns used by companies to control their workers both in their workplace, as well as, their personal lives. This paper reviews the definition of Paternalism and Industrial Paternalism in the early 1900’s mining industry. It reviews notable events that materialized due to these conditions and concludes by examining...

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Examination of Mills and Dworkin

Examination of Mill and Dworkin Looking at the legal status of drugs, and one's own liberty for that matter, I examined the works of Mills and Dworkin. There are many different views, and in the end, as in all philosophical issues, there is no one answer. It then boils down to which one, if either, of these two different points of view is correct. Each of the works is presented in the book Contemporary Moral Problems by James White. After careful examination of both views, I will discuss each and...

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