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Gerald Dworkin Paternalism 1. Paternalism is the interference with a person’s liberty for his or her own good. Some examples are suicide being a criminal offense, regulation of drugs, motorcyclists required to wear helmets, swimmers forbidden to swim without a lifeguard. 2. In pure paternalism the class of persons whose freedom is restricted is identical with the class of persons whose benefit is intended to be promoted by such restrictions. Examples: suicide a crime and seat belts. In the case of impure paternalism in trying to protect the welfare of a class of persons we find that the only way to do so will involve restricting the freedom of other persons besides those who are benefited. Example is banning cigarettes. 3. Mill’s explanation is that there are restrictions which are in the interests of a class of persons taken collectively but are such that the immediate interest of each individual is furthered by his violating the rule when others adhere to it. Dworkin replies by saying paternalism might be thought of as the use of coercion to
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