Predictions for America's Future based on reviews of Sarah Conly's "Against Autonomy: In Defense of Coercive Paternalism"
Reviews & endorsements
"For generations paternalism has had a bad odor, and individual autonomy has reigned supreme. Sarah Conly's book will change all of that. She argues in favor of paternalism with rigor and gusto, and persuasively shows how shedding our reflexive aversion to paternalism will make people better off. Some will be persuaded and others not, but this book will forever change the nature of the debates about paternalism, autonomy, and the role of the state in individual well-being."
--Frederick Schauer, David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Virginia
"Sarah Conly has written the best book about paternalism since Mill, and the best philosophical defense of paternalism we have to date. Tough-minded, resourceful, precise, and informed by knowledge of both psychology and the regulatory state, the book issues a challenge to which, from now on, anyone who objects to paternalistic government policies will have to respond. A marvelous achievement."
--Martha Nussbaum, Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, University of Chicago
"According to Mill, 'Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign.' Sarah Conly disagrees. In this lively, accessible, sensible, and well argued book, Conly makes a case for coercive paternalism that critics of the 'nanny state' will have to take seriously."
--Alan Wertheimer, Professor Emeritus, University of Vermont
"...careful, provocative, and novel, and it is a fundamental challenge to Mill and the many people who follow him..."
--Cass R. Sunstein, The New York Review of Books
"...Sarah Conly’s book “Against Autonomy” is the first full-length, philosophical exploration and defense of a much broader, and coercive, paternalism.... This is a well-written, thoughtful, informed, treatment of its topic. One test of the quality of a book’s argumentation is to see, when a doubt arises in one’s mind about some claim, whether the author, at some point, addresses it. Conly passes this test with high marks...."
--Gerald Dworkin, University of California, Davis, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
"...a timely and important addition to the literature on paternalism.... this is a well-written, well-argued volume that will be of interest to undergraduates, graduate students, and researchers.... Highly recommended..."
--J.S. Taylor, The College of New Jersey, CHOICE
"...a concise and coherent argument worth considering by students and the lay public interested in the intersection of philosophy, politics, and psychology. It is written in plain language with minimal philosophical jargon, and is both accessible and eminently readable.... Overall, the book is coherent and generally very well-argued..."
--Matthew A. Butkus, PhD, Assistant Professor, Philosophy, Dept. of Social Sciences, McNeese State University, Metapsychology
"...a thought-provoking contribution (in every sense of the word provoking) both to general practical philosophy and to biomedical ethics in particular.... this book is worth reading because it poses the right questions and does not shy away from consequences which may be drawn from this although violating political correctness at first sight.... should be studied by everyone who is interested in defending autonomy and liberty for finite human beings."
--Michael Quante, Munster, Germany, Short Literature Notices