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.
|Title of host publication||The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Paternalism|
|Editors||Kalle Grill, Jason Hanna|
|Place of Publication||New York NY USA|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2018|
|Name||Routledge Handbooks in Applied Ethics|