Psychology — 28 January 2013

Each one had done things in their own ways. Some father against children’s will, and makes decisions for his children rather than letting them make their own decisions, on the grounds that “father knows best.”, such fatherlike control we call it paternalism (father in Latin is “pater”). (Photo from xomi)

Paternalistic practices are relatively common, but it is not simply an empirical issue. Is it morally acceptable? Paternalism involves some kind of limitation on the freedom or autonomy, and protecting the well being of others. It depends on our understanding. For longer life, greater health, more income, or less depression, it looks good. But if we being respected as an independent person, having a right to make decisions for ourselves, or having autonomy not infringed, then the issue is harmful.

Although we have limited cognitive capacities, or some ignorance of the facts, we need to have all kinds of experience which belong to our own, whether wonderful or not. (Photo from by Yagan Kiely)

by Alejandro Talaverón

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