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Reference: David Birks, (2014). Moral status and the wrongness of paternalism. Social Theory and Practice, 40 (3), 483-498.Citable link to this page:


Moral status and the wrongness of paternalism

Abstract: In this paper, I consider the view that paternalism is wrong when it demeans or diminishes the paternalizee’s moral status (the Moral Status Argument). I argue that we should reject the Moral Status Argument because it is both too narrow and too broad. It is too narrow because it cannot account for the wrongness of some of the most objectionable paternalistic interventions, namely strong paternalistic interventions. It is too broad because it is unable to distinguish between wrongful paternalistic acts that are plausibly considered more wrong than other wrongful paternalistic acts.

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Publisher: Florida State University, Department of Philosophy

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Publisher: Philosophy Documentation Center

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Issue Date: 2014-7

Copyright Date: 2014



Issn: 0037-802X

Eissn: 2154-123X

Urn: uuid:3666af99-ff21-46fd-acf6-0583fb664935 Item Description

Type: Article: post-print;

Language: en

Version: Publisher's versionKeywords: paternalism autonomy moral status moral powers self-respectSubjects: Philosophy Ethics (Moral philosophy) Ethics of the biosciences Practical ethics Tiny URL: ora:9785


Autor: Dr David Birks - institutionUniversity of Oxford facultyHumanities Division - Philosophy Faculty researchGroupNeurointerventions



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