Epistemic Paternalism: A Defence

2014.06.30 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Kristoffer Ahlstrom-Vij, Epistemic Paternalism: A Defence, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, 194pp., $85.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2014.06.30 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Kristoffer Ahlstrom-Vij, Epistemic Paternalism: A Defence, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, 194pp., $85.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780230347892. Reviewed by Michael A Bishop, Florida State University The question at the heart of this clear, well-argued book is whether we are "sometimes justified in interfering with the inquiry of another for her own epistemic good without consulting her on the issue" (4). Ahlstrom-Vij's defense of epistemic paternalism comes in three stages: (1) He motivates and defines epistemic paternalism (chapters 1 and 2); (2) he rejects various principled objections to epistemic paternalism (chapters 3 and 4); and (3) he offers a positive justification for the permissibility of three epistemically paternalistic practices (chapters 5 and 6). These practices are: (1)  Rules of Evidence. Juries are not allowed to consider certain kinds of evidence on the grounds that they are unlikely to weigh the. . .

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