We are paternalists when we make someone act in his own interests. Derek Parfit Buy Reasons and Persons at Amazon Buy Reasons and Persons at Amazon Instagram sharing coming soon. Quote text and source copied to clipboard. Link to this quote copied to clipboard. More information about this quote Topic Paternalism Author Derek Parfit Source Reasons and Persons Genre Philosophical literature Language English Time 1984 1980s 20th century Occupation Philosopher From United Kingdom Europe Authentication Score 3 More information on Authentication Score coming soon. Citation Parfit, Derek. Reasons and Persons. Oxford UP, 1984. Citation text copied to clipboard.