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Homework Help: To do with the Philosophy of Ethics

  1. Apr 10, 2004 #1
    Does anyone know what "Paternalism" mean? This concept was adressed in "Causing and Death and Saving Lives" by Glover. So does anyone know? Thanks in advance....
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  3. Apr 10, 2004 #2
    Pater means "father."

    Main Entry: pa·ter·nal·ism
    Pronunciation: -ªl.izðm
    Function: noun
    Inflected Form: -s

    : the care or control of subordinates (as by a government or employer) in a fatherly manner; especially : the principles or practices of a government that undertakes to supply needs or regulate conduct of the governed in matters affecting them as individuals as well as in their relations to the state and to each other
  4. Apr 14, 2004 #3
    Paternalism is basically the doctrine that "I know what's best for you." The justification is basically that sometimes people don't always know what is best for them, so someone who does should make sure that what is best for them actually occurs.
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