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Moral Theory and Legal Practice


Antal Szerletics

This book explores and critically evaluates conceptual and justificatory models related to paternalism in the context of moral philosophy. Paternalistic interventions promoting someone’s good or protecting the person from self-harming actions raise controversial questions from a legal and an ethical perspective. The tension between the benevolent character of paternalism and its interference with personal autonomy seems to hinder the development of a coherent theory that could specify the «proper» limits of protective state interventions. The theoretical investigation is complemented by selected cases from the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights and the Constitutional Court of Hungary.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Szerletics, Antal, 1981- Paternalism : moral theory and legal practice / Antal Szerletics. — 1 [edition]. pages cm. — (Warsaw studies in philosophy and social sciences, ISSN 2196- 0143 ; Volume 5) Includes bibliographical references. ISBN 978-3-631-66800-9 1. Paternalism—Moral and ethical aspects. 2. Liberty. 3. Liberalism. I. Title. JC571.S99 2015 170—dc23


This publication was financially supported by the National University of Public Service in Budapest.

ISSN 2196-0143 ISBN 978-3-631-66800-9 (Print) E-ISBN 978-3-653-05924-3 (E-Book) DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-05924-3 © Peter Lang GmbH Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften Frankfurt am Main 2015 All rights reserved. Peter Lang Edition is an Imprint of Peter Lang GmbH.

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