Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Andrew Altman - Chair
This thesis focuses on the issue of whether or not the government is ever justified in prohibiting the actions of an individual who is harming herself but not others. I first analyze some of the key historical figures in the paternalism debate and argue that these accounts fail to adequately meet the needs of a modern, pluralistic society. Then, I analyze and critique the nuanced, soft-paternalist strategy put forth by Joel Feinberg. Finally, I defend a version of hard paternalism, arguing that a balancing strategy that examines each action on a case-by-case basis shows all citizens equal, and adequate concern and respect.
Sacha, James Cullen, "Father Knows Best: A Critique of Joel Feinberg's Soft Paternalism" (2007). Philosophy Theses. Paper 17.