Serene Khader’s ‘deliberative perfectionist approach’ to adaptive preferences is intended to provide a guide to identifying and intervening when those in situations of deprivation adapt to their situation in ways that perpetuate their own deprivation. Her approach has the advantage of helping to avoid ethical and epistemic injustices, by ensuring that the agency and values of those who hold such preferences are fully respected. However, she does not include a detailed account of what the ‘deliberative’ component entails in her discussion of the approach. Her reference to David Crocker’s account of ‘deliberative participation’ provides some content, however the different context in which Crocker develops his account results in several problems for Khader’s approach. I suggest adding an additional step to the approach, using Crocker’s ‘participatory implementation’ to establish the necessary preconditions for deliberative participations in situations of ‘Inappropriately Adaptive Preferences’ (IAPs) in order to circumvent these problems.

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Keywords Adaptive preferences, David Crocker, deliberative participation, deliberative perfectionist approach, development ethics, epistemic injustice, Serene Khader
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Journal Ethics and Social Welfare
Longair, H. (Holly). (2017). Addressing Barriers to Deliberative Participation in Adaptive Preference Interventions. Ethics and Social Welfare, 1–13. doi:10.1080/17496535.2017.1320419