The concept of autonomy and its role in Kantian Ethics

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Among bioethicists, and perhaps ethicists generally, the idea that we are obliged to respect autonomy is something of a shibboleth. Appeals to autonomy are commonly put to work to support legal and moral claims about the importance of consent, but they also feed a wider discourse in which the patient's desires are granted a very high importance and medical paternalism is regarded as almost self-evidently indefensible. © 2012 Copyright Cambridge University Press.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)166-176
Number of pages10
JournalCambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012


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