Libertarian Paternalism And Susan Hurley's political philosophy

Ittay Nissan-Rozen*

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As the use of nudges by governmental agencies becomes more common, the need for normative guidelines regarding the processes by which decisions about the implementation of specific nudges are taken becomes more acute. In order to find a justified set of such guidelines one must meet several theoretical challenges to Libertarian Paternalism that arise at the foundational level. In this paper, I identify three central challenges to Libertarian Paternalism, and suggest that Susan Hurley's political philosophy as presented in her Natural Reasons (1989) can be viewed as offering powerful responses to them.

Original languageAmerican English
JournalInquiry (United Kingdom)
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
I thank Hadrian Mamou and an anonymous referee for their helpful comments on previous versions of this paper. My research was supported by the Israeli Science Foundation, Grant Number 327/18.

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  • Libertarian Paternalism
  • Susan Hurley
  • nudge
  • personal autonomy


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