Autonomy and Patients' Decisions

Autonomy and Patients' Decisions

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Patient autonomy is an important concept in the clinical context, but the idea in contemporary bioethics discussions is often muddled. By looking closely at the ideas of Rosseau, Kant, and Mill, Autonomy and Patients' Decisions traces the modern concept of autonomy from its historical roots, then identifing the four distinct notions of autonomy being referred to in contemporary more

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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.1 x 27.9mm | 635.04g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0739109189
  • 9780739109182
  • 1,497,557

About Merle Spriggs

Merle Spriggs is Ethicist at Murdoch Childrens Research Institiute, more

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Respect for autonomy is a core principle of modern medical ethics. But what is autonomy? In Autonomy and Patients' Decisions, Merle Spriggs brings clarity and intelligence to a vexed issue. The historical background she provides reveals how the muddles arose, and the approach she suggests offers a promising way forward. -- Peter Singer, Princeton University Autonomy is the most widely appealed to concept in contemporary bioethics, but it is arguably the least well understood. This book is a great resource for developing a more sophisticated understanding of this much contested concept. I thoroughly recommend it. -- Lynn Gillam, University of Melbourneshow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Historical Background Chapter 3 Kant's Idea of Autonomy Chapter 4 Millian Ideas in Contemporary Interpretations of Autonomy Chapter 5 The Development of the Contemporary Idea of Autonomy Part 6 Different Notions of Autonomy Chapter 7 Different Notions of Autonomy Identified Chapter 8 Critical Analysis of the Different Concepts Part 9 The Search for a Better, More Defensible, Theory Chapter 10 Can a Good Descriptive Psychological Account of Autonomy be Achieved? Chapter 11 Some Test Cases for Theories of Autonomy Chapter 12 Conclusion: Preliminary Ideas for a Better, More Useful, Theory for the Clinical Contextshow more