Ansvar, personlig frihed og statslig indgriben: En rapport om politisk filosofi og sundhed

Frederik Elkjær Denning, Mark Vester Jørgensen, Preben Anders Martensen-Larsen & Amalie Østergaard Zaar

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This report takes the matter of a state’s intervention towards its individuals into dis-cussion from the perspective of social health care, and the recent changes in law, concerning smoking, and taxes on fat. The government in Denmark has been accused of being paternalistic and of interacting too much in the citizen’s personal life. By including John Stuart Mill, recent investigations, the public discussion and a list of modern ethical magazine articles, we set up a discussion about, under which pre-mises, and why a state should be allowed to adjust the behaviour of its citizens. The answer to this question is not clear, at it fairly early in the process became clear that the arguments is based, not only on a matter of principal opinion, but also on, in which way the agitator views upon freedom. We, as I. Berlin, divide freedom into two categories: Positive and negative freedom. The project concludes that if arguing from a point of view that understands freedom in the positive (or total) sense, it is not possible to create valid arguments for interfering with an individual’s behaviour, as long as it does not affect the life of other individuals. However, understanding free-dom in the positive way will make it possible to interject, when people are living an unhealthy life. The report also concludes that living in a modern democracy, with an understanding of the freedom as an unbendable (and positive) size, is impossible.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato18 jun. 2009


  • The Liberty Principle and Universal Health Care
  • Progressiv liberalisme
  • Frihed
  • Ken I. Kersch
  • statsteori
  • Statsintervention
  • On Liberty
  • Politisk filosofi
  • Begrebsanalyse af frihed
  • Forebyggelseskommissionen
  • Sundhed
  • Smoking, Progressive Liberalism and the Law
  • Lene Otto
  • W. Kip Viscusi
  • Isaiah Berlin
  • statsfilosofi
  • Benjamin Sachs
  • Harm Principle
  • John Stuart Mill
  • Two Concepts of Liberty
  • Rawls