En kritisk analyse af Sarah Conlys argumenter for paternalisme: A critical analysis of Sarah Conly's arguments for paternalisme

Jesper Riisgaard Ternsøe & Maj Julie Berger

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This paper attempts to provide a critical evaluation of “behaviorally informed paternalism” as exemplified in the arguments contained in Sarah Conly’s “Against Autonomy”. Recent developments in cognitive psychology have questioned whether a given agent is sufficiently capable of managing her own wellbeing. Conly argues for a hard version of legal paternalism, which implies coercion and overrides autonomy in the name of promoting the wellbeing or interests of those being governed. We examine the core argument of coercive paternalism through the perspectives of John Stuart Mill’s “On Liberty” and ‘libertarian paternalism’. We find the central argument for coercive paternalism wanting and argue for the preservation of the intrinsic value of decision rights contained in the doctrine of the ‘nudge’.

UddannelserFilosofi og Videnskabsteori, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato8 jan. 2015
VejledereThomas Søbirk Petersen


  • behavioral law
  • paternalism
  • nudging