Human Rights, Liberty, and Limits

… a core topic in Ethics, Rights, and Accountability and Atlas111M

HumanRightsTopic description

This topic explores different human rights issues including free speech and its limits, and whether governments have a responsibility to help “protect people from themselves,” and the consequences of their bad decisions.

This topic deals with a range of options at the disposal of paternalistic policymakers, including outright restrictions on harmful behaviour and softer “nudges” that encourage individuals to make better choices.

Topic learning outcome

Familiarity with the contours of ongoing debates about when government is justified in taking paternalistic policy decisions designed to protect individuals from themselves. They will be aware of the arguments for and against this type of intervention in a range of different contexts.

Core concepts associated with this topic
Pluralist State  Rights Talk  Social Diversity Thesis

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Assessment questions

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Page created by: Ian Clark, last modified on 22 August 2016.

Image: Wikipedia, at, accessed 31 May 2016.