publication . Article . 2015

Nudges, Agency, Navigability, and Abstraction: A Reply to Critics

Sunstein, Cass Robert;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2015
  • Publisher: Springer Verlag
  • Country: United States
This essay, for a special issue of the Review of Philosophy and Psychology, responds to ten papers that explore the uses and limits of nudges and choice architecture. The essay has three general themes. The first involves the objection that nudging threatens human agency. My basic response is that human agency is fully retained (because nudges do not compromise freedom of choice) and that agency is always exercised in the context of some kind of choice architecture. The second theme involves the importance of having a sufficiently capacious sense of the category of nudges, and a full appreciation of the differences among them. Some nudges either enlist or combat...
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