Fair Governance: Paternalism and Perfectionism

Hardcover | March 15, 2009

byFrancis H. Buckley

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Fair Governance: Paternalism and Perfectionism is a study of legal interference with individual preferences and will canvass the interdisciplinary literature in economics, psychology, philosophy, and law. It discusses the particular conditions necessary for the state to legally interferewith our freedom of choice, whether it be to either satisfy our individual pursuit of happiness (perfectionism) or to prevent us from making immoral choices (paternalism). Relatively few philosophers know much of the parallel literature on this central problem of ethics; while many legal scholarsare acquainted with the psychological literature on judgment biases, they are frequently unfamiliar with the philosophical literature on perfectionism. Francis H. Buckley carefully links these two notions of state power with recent empirical literature on judgment biases and happiness studies andsurveys the literature, arguing for a nuanced form of social perfectionism, one which seeks to promote the kind of liberal nationalism found in the United States.

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Fair Governance: Paternalism and Perfectionism is a study of legal interference with individual preferences and will canvass the interdisciplinary literature in economics, psychology, philosophy, and law. It discusses the particular conditions necessary for the state to legally interferewith our freedom of choice, whether it be to ei...

F.H. Buckley is the Foundation Professor of the Law and Economics Center at George Mason School of Law and the Executive Director of its Law and Economics Centre. He is the author of The Morality of Laughter (U. Michigan Press, 2003) and Just Exchange (Routledge, 2005), and of numerous articles.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:March 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195341260

ISBN - 13:9780195341263

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PrefacePart I: Voluntary Servitude1. Paternalism and Perfectionism2. Hierarchic Paternalism3. Cognitive Paternalism4. Akrasia5. Information Costs6. Happiness7. Endogenous PreferencesPart II: Perfectionism8. Private Perfectionism9. Social Perfectionism10. An Extension: Nationalism11. ConclusionIndex