From Library Journal
In this thorough and stimulating analysis of when it is permissible to intervene invasively in the life of a competent person for his (or her) own good, the author presupposes that a competent person has a right to direct his life according to his own conception of the good. Nevertheless, he authorizes invasive paternalism that respects this autonomy (persuasion); constraint based upon prior agreement of competent persons (contract); least-invasive intrusion to ascertain competence (psychiatric examination); and intervention when one reasonably believes that the recipient is greatly encumbered and would probably consent to it were an opportunity available (action to benefit an unconscious person). Highly recommended for academic libraries. Robert Hoffman, Philosophy Dept., York Coll., CUNY
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