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On the Possibility (and Acceptability) of Paternalism towards Future People

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On the Possibility (and Acceptability) of Paternalism towards Future People. / Bengtson, Andreas.

In: Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Vol. 22, No. 1, 02.2019, p. 13-25.

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Bengtson, A 2019, 'On the Possibility (and Acceptability) of Paternalism towards Future People', Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 13-25. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10677-018-9969-4

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Bengtson, Andreas. / On the Possibility (and Acceptability) of Paternalism towards Future People. In: Ethical Theory and Moral Practice. 2019 ; Vol. 22, No. 1. pp. 13-25.

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