Paternalism: Its Problems and Promise|
Fall 2017 not offered
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 such as 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 such as 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.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (PHIL)(PHIL-Philosophy)(PHIL-Social Jus)
Mill, ON LIBERTY
Sher, AGAINST NEUTRALITY
Thaler and Sunstein, NUDGE
Conly, AGAINST AUTONOMY
Additional articles and book chapters will be made available via Moodle.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
One brief essay, one research project and essay, and extensive classroom presentations and participation.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This is an advanced course in philosophy; at least one previous philosophy course, ideally in moral or political philosophy, is strongly recommended.
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