Libertarian Paternalism, Manipulation, and the Shaping of Preferences

Social Theory and Practice 41 (4):618-643 (2015)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

“Libertarian paternalism” aims to harness cognitive biases in order to improve prudential decision-making. Some critics have objected that libertarian paternalism is wrongly manipulative. I argue that this objection is mostly unsuccessful. First, I point out that some strategies endorsed by libertarian paternalists can help people to better appreciate reasons. Second, I develop an account of manipulation according to which an agent manipulates her target by worsening the target’s deliberative position. The means of influence defended by libertarian paternalists—for instance, the judicious use of default rules—are not manipulative in this way.

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 92,907

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

The Life You Save May Not Be Your Own.Jamie Terence Kelly - 2014 - The Good Society 23 (2):179-192.
How to Manipulate an Incompatibilistically Free Agent.Roger Clarke - 2012 - American Philosophical Quarterly 49 (2):139-49.
The Problems of Paternalism.George John Miller - 1981 - Dissertation, Brown University
Normative and Non-normative Concepts: Paternalism and Libertarian Paternalism.Kalle Grill - 2013 - In Daniel Strech, Irene Hirschberg & Georg Marckmann (eds.), Ethics in Public Health and Health Policy. Springer. pp. 27-46.
Libertarian Paternalism, Utilitarianism, and Justice.Jamie Kelly - 2013 - In Christian Coons Michael Weber (ed.), Paternalism: Theory and Practice. Cambridge University Press. pp. 216-230.

Analytics

Added to PP
2015-08-23

Downloads
135 (#139,554)

6 months
13 (#218,677)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Jason Hanna
Northern Illinois University

Citations of this work

Algorithmic Transparency and Manipulation.Michael Klenk - 2023 - Philosophy and Technology 36 (4):1-20.
Manipulation in Politics.Robert Noggle - 2021 - Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics.
Pressure, trickery, and a unified account of manipulation.Robert Noggle - 2020 - American Philosophical Quarterly 57 (3):241-252.
Paternalism towards children.Kalle Grill - 2018 - In Anca Gheaus, Gideon Calder & Jurgen de Wispelaere (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Childhood and Children. New York: Routledge. pp. 123-133.
When do nudges undermine voluntary consent?Maximilian Kiener - 2021 - Philosophical Studies 178 (12):4201-4226.

View all 13 citations / Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references