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Le CRÉ est heureux d’accueillir Matteo Bonotti (Cardiff University), qui nous offrira une présentation intitulée « Healthy Eating Policy and Neutrality of Justifications in Diverse Societies », à partir d’un texte co-écrit avec Anne Barnhill.
In this paper we critically assess whether one can be consistently committed to the ideal of state neutrality and to the endorsement of healthy eating policies. First, we discuss the general features of the liberal idea of state neutrality, focusing especially on the distinction between neutrality of consequences and neutrality of justifications, and endorsing the latter. Second, we illustrate multiple ways in which contemporary societies are characterized by a reasonable pluralism concerning conceptions of health and values attached to eating practices. We then consider the implications of the ‘shareability’ and the ‘accessibility’ ideals of public justification for the justifiability of public health interventions in the area of food policy. We conclude by arguing that healthy eating policies are only permissible if one endorses a combination of accessibility and weak shareability conceptions of neutrality of justifications, and that embracing a full shareability conception would justify instead support for a libertarian minimal state that refrains from implementing public health interventions.
This work was (partially) supported by the Wellcome Trust.
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