Paternalism and autonomy

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It’s often taken for granted that paternalism conflicts with autonomy. Since there is no consensus on exactly what autonomy is, however, this claim is less obvious than it appears. Further complicating matters, there is no consensus on precisely how paternalism is supposed to conflict with autonomy. This chapter cuts through the confusion by identifying four distinct ways in which paternalism might threaten autonomy: 1) by frustrating autonomy as condition; 2) by corroding autonomy as capacity; 3) by disrespecting autonomy as capacity; and 4) by disrespecting autonomy as right. Killmister then surveys the leading theories of autonomy, considering what resources each has for vindicating the claim that paternalism and autonomy conflict.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Paternalism
EditorsKalle Grill, Jason Hanna
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781317326991
ISBN (Print)9781138956100
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

Publication series

NameRoutledge Handbooks in Applied Ethics

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Killmister, S. (2018). Paternalism and autonomy. In K. Grill, & J. Hanna (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Paternalism (1st ed., pp. 139-150). (Routledge Handbooks in Applied Ethics). Routledge.