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Paternalism and the Timeline

Jethro K. Lieberman

in Liberalism Undressed

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199919840
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980376 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199919840.003.0009
Paternalism and the Timeline

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This chapter explores paternalism in the context of the harm principle. Its major conclusion is that many claims that particular laws are paternalistic are faulty; upon closer examination, the regulations are consistent with the harm principle—for example, in food and drug regulation, assisted suicide bans, and helmet laws. The chapter also examines limits to claims of consent to harmful activities, including slavery contracts; some problems of exploitation, including the gladiator problem; and the problem of regulation to benefit unborn generations.

Keywords: assisted suicide; custom; drugs; dueling; exploitation; gladiators; helmets; euthanasia; paternalism; risk; slavery contracts

Chapter.  14141 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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