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Sunstein to speak on 'libertarian paternalism,' Oct. 5

Legal scholar Cass Sunstein will deliver a lecture titled "Libertarian Paternalism Is Not an Oxymoron" at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, in McCosh 50.

Sunstein, a professor of jurisprudence at the University of Chicago Law School, advocates libertarian paternalism as a concept that legitimizes private and public institutions' attempts to steer personal choices without infringing on individual liberty. His lecture will offer examples in many areas, such as government and private entities helping consumers, victims of discrimination and poverty, workers and those at risk from natural disasters.

Sunstein's principal research interests include administrative law, environmental law, welfare law, jurisprudence and constitutional law. He has written numerous books, including "Radicals in Robes: Why Extreme Right-Wing Courts Are Wrong for America" (2005) and the forthcoming "Infotopia: How Many Minds Produce Knowledge" and "Are Judges Political? An Empirical Investigation of the Federal Judiciary."

Sunstein's talk, designated as the Walter E. Edge Lecture, is part of the University’s Public Lecture Series.

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