On Paternalism and Health Care

  • Glenn C. Graber
Part of the Contemporary Issues in Biomedical Ethics book series (CIBES)


The model called to mind by the word ‘paternalism’ is the way a father acts towards his children. Of course, we should not think in terms of a malicious or self-centered father, but rather of a benevolent and loving father who does only what he sincerely believes is in the best interests of his children. Generalizing from this model, we can say that a person is acting paternalistically whenever she or he does something for or to another person without that person’s consent and on the basis of the justification that “this is for your own good.”


Health Care Professional Health Care Decision Explicit Consent Curriculum Requirement Paternalistic Intervention 
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© The HUMANA Press Inc. 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Glenn C. Graber
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of TennesseeKnoxvilleUSA

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