Why the Kantian Ideal Survives Medical Learning Curves, and Why It Matters
Journal of Medical Ethics 2006 September; 32(9): 511-512
The "Kantian ideal" is often misunderstood as invoking individual autonomy rather than rational self legislation. Le Morvan and Stock's otherwise insightful discussion of "Medical learning curves and the Kantian ideal"--for example--draws the mistaken inference that that ideal is inconsistent with the realities of medical practice. But it is not. Rationally to be a patient entails accepting its necessary conditions.
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Medical Learning Curves and the Kantian Ideal Le Morvan, Pierre; Stock, B. (2005-09)A hitherto unexamined problem for the "Kantian ideal" that one should always treat patients as ends in themselves, and never only as a means to other ends, is explored in this paper. The problem consists of a prima facie ...