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Autonomy and Trust in Bioethicsby Onora O'neill
Synopses & Reviews
Onora O'Neill suggests that the conceptions of individual autonomy (so widely relied on in bioethics) are philosophically and ethically inadequate; they undermine rather than support relationships based on trust. Her arguments are illustrated with issues raised by such practices as the use of genetic information by the police, research using human tissues, new reproductive technologies, and media practices for reporting on medicine, science and technology. The study appeals to a wide range of readers in ethics, bioethics and related disciplines.
Book News Annotation:
O'Neill (principal, Newnham College, Cambridge, UK) first delivered this material as the 2001 U. of Edinburgh Gifford lectures. The twin concerns of autonomy and trust are examined in connection with medical ethics, the doctor-patient relationship (and its changes in recent decades), notions of morality based on Mill and Kant and their influence in definitions of autonomy, and current understanding of autonomy as equivalent to individual independence. These definitions are then used to suggest a new definition of patient autonomy.
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In this important book, Onora O'Neill suggests that the conceptions of individual autonomy so widely relied on in bioethics are philosophically and ethically inadequate, and that they undermine rather than support relations of trust. Her book will appeal to a wide range of readers in ethics, bioethics and related disciplines.
Argues against the conceptions of individual autonomy which are widely relied on in bioethics.
About the Author
Onora O'Neill is Principal of Newnham College, Cambridge, and has written widely on ethics and political philosophy.
Table of Contents
1. Gaining autonomy and losing trust? 2. Autonomy, individuality and consent; 3. 'Reproductive autonomy' and new technologies; 4. Principled autonomy; 5. Principled autonomy and genetic technologies; 6. The quest for trustworthiness; 7. Trust and the limits of informed consent; 8. The media and bioethics.
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