When does one have decision-making capacity?

Excerpt taken from Decision-Making Capacity (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) Although new topics continue to be introduced, it is clear that outside philosophy much is assumed as settled that would not look settled to a philosophical eye. where “appropriate” here just means an implementation that strikes just the right balance between protecting the truly vulnerable, on the one hand, and promoting […]

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When would desire become autonomy?

This is an excerpt in the article Autonomy: Normative | Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy Personal Autonomy Without question, the majority of contemporary work on autonomy has centered on analyses of the nature and normativity of personal autonomy. Personal autonomy (also referred to as ‘individual autonomy’) refers to a psychological property, the possession of which enables agents to reflect critically on […]

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Is manipulation always wrong?

This is an excerpt from The Ethics of Manipulation (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy). Highly recommended for anyone interested in this topic. 3. Answering the Evaluation Question A complete answer to the evaluation question should tell us about the sort of wrongfulness that manipulation possesses: Is it absolutely immoral, pro tanto immoral, prima facie immoral, etc.? It should also tell us […]

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