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Paternalism: Its Problems and Promise
PHIL 375
Fall 2015
Section: 01  

Although many ethical and political traditions--including Confucianism--embrace the idea that benevolent concern can render legitimate at least some efforts to shape the character or behavior of others, perhaps even when the "shaping" is done by the state, liberalism has long rejected such "paternalism." In this seminar, we will examine arguments for and against various forms of paternalism, including issues like state regulations, "libertarian paternalism," efforts to insist on civility in public discourse, and moral education. Most of the readings will be drawn from current Western philosophy, but lying in the background are Confucian interests in potentially paternalistic values like filial piety, deference, and ritual propriety, as well as arguments from Confucians (and others) against the idea that we are, most fundamentally, atomistic individuals with complete sovereignty over our choices. Students with interests in such issues will be able to explore them in their research projects.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS PHIL
Course Format: DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (PHIL)(PHIL-Philosophy)(PHIL-Social Jus)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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