Fellow philosophers will no doubt be familiar with the curious book, Nudge , by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein. The book defends “libertarian paternalism” and a view of behavioural economics. While I have not been convinced by its arguments, it is a good read and I’ve half expected Nudge to be the subject of at least a small wave of papers in ethics and political philosophy. I’m not the only one who thought its ideas would find traction: the British government has also commissioned research into how it might “nudge” the public into healthier lifestyles, for example.
The strange thing is, well, I don’t think I’ve seen anything yet. So a question for readers: has interest in libertarian paternalism already passed? Or is it an area that will see new work soon?