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Respect for What?: Choices, Actual Preferences and True Preferences
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies. (Philosophy)
2015 (English)In: Social Theory and Practice, ISSN 0037-802X, Vol. 41, no 4, 692-715 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

As liberals, we would like each person to direct her own life in accordance with her will. However, because of the complexities of the human mind, it is very often not clear what a person wills. She may choose one thing though she prefers another, while having false beliefs the correction of which would cause her to prefer some third thing. I propose, against this background, that to respect a person’s will or self-direction is to respect both her choices and her preferences, with some priority given to those preferences that are informed and coherent. This is a pluralist answer to the neglected question, “respect for what?”

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2015. Vol. 41, no 4, 692-715 p.
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choice, liberalism, paternalism, true preferences, respect
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-107520DOI: 10.5840/soctheorpract201541437OAI: diva2:848188
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2009-2189
Available from: 2015-08-24 Created: 2015-08-24 Last updated: 2015-09-08Bibliographically approved

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