A Deliberative Perfectionist Approach to Adaptive Preference Intervention

Serene J. Khader

in Adaptive Preferences and Women's Empowerment

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199777884
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919055 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Feminist Philosophy

A Deliberative Perfectionist Approach to Adaptive Preference Intervention

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This chapter offers a perfectionist definition of adaptive preference and to proposes a deliberative perfectionist approach to responding to adaptive preferences in practice. In this perfectionist definition, adaptive preferences are 1) preferences inconsistent with basic flourishing that are 2) formed under conditions unconducive to basic flourishing and 3) that we believe people might be persuaded to transform upon normative scrutiny of their preferences and exposure to conditions more conducive to flourishing. Underlying this definition is the belief that people tend to seek their basic flourishing. This chapter justifies noncoercive public intervention aimed at promoting the flourishing of people with adaptive preferences. It also offers a deliberative perfectionist approach to adaptive preference intervention. This approach states that basic flourishing should be defined by by some sort of cross-cultural deliberative process and that deliberating with people with adaptive preferences should be a key ingredient of adaptive preference intervention.

Keywords: deliberative perfectionism; flourishing; noncoercive public intervention; adaptive preference intervention

Chapter.  14659 words. 

Subjects: Feminist Philosophy

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