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Fair Governance: Paternalism and Perfectionism

Fair Governance: Paternalism and Perfectionism - 09 edition

Fair Governance: Paternalism and Perfectionism - 09 edition

ISBN13: 9780195341263

ISBN10: 0195341260

Fair Governance: Paternalism and Perfectionism by Francis H. Buckley - ISBN 9780195341263
Cover type: Hardback
Edition: 09
Copyright: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Fair Governance: Paternalism and Perfectionism by Francis H. Buckley - ISBN 9780195341263

ISBN13: 9780195341263

ISBN10: 0195341260

Cover type: Hardback
Edition: 09

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Summary

Fair Governance: Paternalism and Perfectionism is a study of legal interference with individual preferences and will canvass the interdisciplinary literature in economics, psychology, philosophy, and law. It discusses the particular conditions necessary for the state to legally interferewith our freedom of choice, whether it be to either satisfy our individual pursuit of happiness (perfectionism) or to prevent us from making immoral choices (paternalism). Relatively few philosophers know much of the parallel literature on this central problem of ethics; while many legal scholarsare acquainted with the psychological literature on judgment biases, they are frequently unfamiliar with the philosophical literature on perfectionism. Francis H. Buckley carefully links these two notions of state power with recent empirical literature on judgment biases and happiness studies andsurveys the literature, arguing for a nuanced form of social perfectionism, one which seeks to promote the kind of liberal nationalism found in the United States.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

PrefacePart I: Voluntary Servitude1. Paternalism and Perfectionism2. Hierarchic Paternalism3. Cognitive Paternalism4. Akrasia5. Information Costs6. Happiness7. Endogenous PreferencesPart II: Perfectionism8. Private Perfectionism9. Social Perfectionism10. An Extension: Nationalism11. ConclusionIndex