A Critical Reflection on Utilitarianism as the Basis for Psychiatric Ethics. Part I: Utilitarianism as Ethical Theory
Journal of Ethics in Mental Health [electronic] 2007 April; 2(1): 4 p. Accessed: http://www.jemh.ca [2007 July 31]
Utilitarianism is one of the ?grand Enlightenment? moral philosophies. It provides a means of evaluating the ethical implications of common and unusual situations faced by psychiatrists, and offers a logical and ostensibly scientific method of moral justification and action. In this first of our two papers, we trace the evolution of utilitarianism into a contemporary moral theory and review the main theoretical critiques. In the second paper we contextualize utilitarianism in psychiatry and consider its function within the realm of the professional ethics of psychiatrist as physician, before applying it to two dilemmas faced by psychiatrists as individuals and as members of a profession. We conclude that psychiatry must search beyond utilitarianism in grappling with everyday clinical scenarios.
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A Critical Reflection on Utilitarianism as the Basis for Psychiatric Ethics. Part II: Utilitarianism and Psychiatry Robertson, Michael; Walter, Gary (2007-04)In this second paper we contextualize utilitarianism to the craft of psychiatry and consider its function within the realm of the professional ethics of psychiatrists as physicians. We then apply it to two dilemmas faced ...