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The Deliberative Perfectionist Approach, Paternalism, and Cultural Diversity

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199777884.003.0005

Series: Studies in Feminist Philosophy

The Deliberative Perfectionist Approach, Paternalism, and Cultural Diversity

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This chapter argues that the deliberative perfectionist approach is compatible with a high degree of respect for individual autonomy and a commitment to moral diversity. It responds to two types of objections to the approach: paternalism objections and pluralism objections, These objections pose problems for certain types of conceptions of human flourishing, but not for the deliberative perfectionist conception. Paternalism objections hold that the approach does not sufficiently respect individual autonomy. It shows that the approach does not justify paternalistic coercion, motivational paternalism, or an unacceptable usurpation of the agency of the deprived. Pluralism objections hold that the deliberative perfectionist approach treats cross-cultural moral variation as unacceptable. It demonstrates that the approach does not promote cultural homogeneity, require treating third-world persons as moral patients, or require unacceptably judging cultures by external moral standards

Keywords: autonomy; perfectionism; paternalism; pluralism; moral diversity; cultural homogeneity

Chapter.  16247 words. 

Subjects: Feminist Philosophy

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