Philosophy and Religion

CANCELLED: Philosophy colloquium: Dr. Marc Hight

Fri, 7 Apr 2017 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Unfortunately, illness will prevent Dr. Hight from delivering this talk.  It will likely be rescheduled for next Fall. 

On Friday, April 7, Dr. Marc Hight (Hampden-Sydney College) will give a philosophy colloquium in Cleveland Hall 114 from 3:30-5:00. 

The title of Dr. Hight's talk is "'Better off as Judged by Themselves': A Critical Examination of Nudge Theory"

The paper, which Dr. Hight co-authored with his student, Alex Cartwright, concerns the following:

Libertarian Paternalism claims to differ from traditional paternalism by making people better off, ‘as judged by themselves.’ Choice architects, however, use ‘better off, as judged by themselves’ in a way that is systematically unclear and misleading. This unclarity furthermore makes recent debates about the efficacy and morality of employing nudges as public policy instruments difficult, if not meaningless, in some cases. Ultimately the matter simply resorts to resolving to preferred values, making libertarian paternalism effectively equivalent to traditional paternalism.

We look forward to seeing you there!


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