Bowdoin Philosophy Professor Argues for Greater Paternalism from Bowdoin College on Vimeo.

The new book, Against Autonomy: Justifying Coercive Paternalism, by Assistant Professor of Philosophy Sarah Conly, has been described as “novel,” “illuminating,” and “provocative” in the New York Review of Books. The New York Times reaffirms that Conly’s book brings “serious philosophical discussion” to the debate on autonomy versus paternalism. Conly’s approach to her subject matter is particularly relevant in light of the uproar that erupted after Mayor Michael Bloomberg banned the sale of large sodas in New York City last year. Watch Associate Professor Philosophy Larry Simon interview Conly about her book and why she thinks paternalism is a reasonable government response to our bad decisions.