Foundations of Freedom: Welfare-Based Arguments Against Paternalism

1st Edition

Simon R. Clarke

Routledge
Published May 31, 2017
Reference - 138 Pages - 1 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138117006 - CAT# Y337422
Series: Routledge Studies in Contemporary Philosophy

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Summary

What makes individual freedom valuable? People have always believed in freedom, have sought it, and have sometimes fought and died for it. The belief that it is something to be valued is widespread. But does this belief have a rational foundation?

This book examines answers to these questions that are based on the welfare of the person whose freedom is at stake. There are various conceptions of a worthwhile life, a life that is valuable for the person whose life it is. These conceptions will be examined to see whether they are plausible and what their connection, if any, is to freedom. Are they compelling foundations for freedom? Does freedom make a person’s life better or would his/her welfare be advanced by restricting freedom?

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