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In Our Best Interest
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Acknowledgments 1. Pro-Paternalism 2. Misapplication and Individuality: Millian Arguments 3. Insult and Equality 4. The Imposition of Values 5. Paternalism and Moderate Deontology 6. Soft Paternalism I: The Ignorance Exception 7. Soft Paternalism II: The Impairment Exception 8. Libertarian Paternalism, Manipulation, and the Shaping of Preferences 9. Applications Bibliography Index

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Jason Hanna is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Northern Illinois University. His publications address topics such as the permissibility of paternalism, the nature and viability of deontological constraints on harming, the moral significance of consent, and various issues in applied ethics. He has previously been a Faculty Fellow at Tulane University's Murphy Institute.

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"Hanna has provided a careful and compelling criticism of anti-paternalism and a rigorous defense of paternalism. This important book presents novel and formidable challenges to liberals ... Critics and proponents of paternalism would do well to study this book closely in any case." -- Andrew I. Cohen, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews "There is lots written on paternalism, but nothing ties the sundry strands of thought on the topic together in the way Hanna's excellent book does. It is all in the service of his provocative thesis: there is nothing wrong with paternalism itself. Hanna's defense of the position he calls 'pro-paternalism' is exhaustive without being exhausting. Those that count themselves as 'pro-paternalism' won't find a better development and defense of the position anywhere. And those that are not have their work cut out for them. The book should be one of the first ports of call for any future discussion of paternalism." --Daniel Groll, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Carleton College "In Our Best Interest is now the best book-length defense of paternalism available.A Jason Hanna effectively rebuts the standard arguments against paternalism, then carefully explains why the distinction between 'hard' and 'soft' paternalism, which anti-paternalists rely on to reconcile their position with common sense, is arbitrary. With its calm tone, careful drawing of distinctions, incisive analysis, command of the relevant literature, and skill in separating the essential from non-essential, this book should help readers of all persuasions to clarify their thinking about paternalism -- whether it is objectionable and, if so, why." --Peter de Marneffe, Professor of Philosophy, Arizona State University

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