The Place of Autonomy in Bioethics
Childress, James F.
Hastings Center Report. 1990 Jan/Feb; 20(1): 12-17.
Childress defends the principle of respect for personal autonomy as one among several important moral principles in biomedical ethics. His main argument focuses on the autonomy principle as "an important moral limit and as limited." As a moral limit, the principle of respect for personal autonomy constrains actions, but is itself limited in scope and weight, as well as being complex in its application. Childress argues that both critics and defenders of personal autonomy tend to neglect these senses of limit in their focus on an "oversimplified, overextended, overweighted principle of respect for autonomy." (KIE abstract)
Advance Directives; Aids; Aids Serodiagnosis; Allowing to Die; Autonomy; Beneficence; Bioethical Issues; Bioethics; Common Good; Communication; Competence; Consent; Decision Making; Ethical Analysis; Ethics; Freedom; Health; HIV Seropositivity; Human Experimentation; Informed Consent; Justice; Mandatory Programs; Moral Obligations; Moral Policy; Organ Donation; Paternalism; Patient Care; Patients; Personhood; Presumed Consent; Privacy; Public Health; Personal Autonomy; Research; Research Subjects; Rights; Standards; Third Party Consent; Treatment Refusal; Values;
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