The problem with preferences
Koen Smets

Several years ago in The Chronicle of Higher Education Alan Wolfe summarized John Stuart Mill’s view by saying: “The purpose of liberty is not to give us what we want but to help us grow so that we can best understand our wants.” Let us hope that the “new paternalism” does not end up stifling such human growth. In understanding our wants, we get to know ourselves. If someone else is always nudging us in the right direction, we will never figure anything out on our own.

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