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dc.creatorPeterson, M.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-01-08T23:26:32Zen
dc.date.available2016-01-08T23:26:32Zen
dc.date.created2007-01en
dc.date.issued2007-01en
dc.identifierdoi:10.1136/jme.2005.015495en
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationJournal of Medical Ethics 2007 January; 33(1): 5-10en
dc.identifier.urihttp://worldcatlibraries.org/registry/gateway?version=1.0&url_ver=Z39.88-2004&rft_val_fmt=info:ofi/fmt:kev:mtx:journal&atitle=Should+the+precautionary+principle+guide+our+actions+or+our+beliefs?&title=Journal+of+Medical+Ethics+&volume=33&issue=1&date=2007-01&au=Peterson,+M.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jme.2005.015495en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10822/966974en
dc.description.abstractTwo interpretations of the precautionary principle are considered. According to the normative (action-guiding) interpretation, the precautionary principle should be characterised in terms of what it urges doctors and other decision makers to do. According to the epistemic (belief-guiding) interpretation, the precautionary principle should be characterised in terms of what it urges us to believe. This paper recommends against the use of the precautionary principle as a decision rule in medical decision making, based on an impossibility theorem presented in Peterson (2005). However, the main point of the paper is an argument to the effect that decision theoretical problems associated with the precautionary principle can be overcome by paying greater attention to its epistemic dimension. Three epistemic principles inherent in a precautionary approach to medical risk analysis are characterised and defended.en
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dc.languageenen
dc.sourceeweb:303857en
dc.subjectDecision Makingen
dc.subjectDoctorsen
dc.subjectPrecautionary Principleen
dc.subjectRisken
dc.subject.classificationPhilosophical Ethicsen
dc.subject.classificationTechnology Assessmenten
dc.titleShould the Precautionary Principle Guide Our Actions or Our Beliefs?en
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