publication . Article . Conference object . 2017

Nudges to reason: not guilty

Neil Levy;
Open Access
  • Published: 18 Nov 2017 Journal: Journal of Medical Ethics, volume 44, issue 10 (issn: 0306-6800, eissn: 1473-4257, Copyright policy)
  • Country: United Kingdom
I am to grateful to Geoff Keeling for his perceptive response1 to my paper.2 In this brief reply, I will argue that he does not succeed in his goal of showing that nudges to reason do not respect autonomy. At most, he establishes only that such nudges may threaten autonomy when used in certain ways and in certain circumstances. As I will show, this is not a conclusion that should give us grounds for particular concerns about nudges. Before turning to this issue, let me correct some small issues of interpretation of my paper. Keeling takes me to be committed to three descriptive claims: (1) that we have entered a post-truth era, (2) that our problem with the rati...
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Funded by
WT| Responsibility and Healthcare.
  • Funder: Wellcome Trust (WT)
  • Project Code: 104848
  • Funding stream: Social Science and Bioethics
  • Funder: Wellcome Trust (WT)

1 Keeling G Autonomy, nudging and post-truth politics. J Med Ethics,2017 In press 10.1136/medethics-2017-104616 [OpenAIRE] [DOI]

2 Levy N Nudges in a post-truth world. J Med Ethics 2017;43:495–500. 10.1136/medethics-2017-104153 28526778 [OpenAIRE] [PubMed] [DOI]

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