On Taylor on autonomy and informed consent

Journal of Value Inquiry 40 (4):451-459 (2006)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

In contemporary medical ethics, it is widely accepted that concern for individual autonomy provides the ethical foundation for the doctrine of informed consent. It is taken that treating a competent patient is morally acceptable only if she has given her informed consent to being treated, because failing to secure the patient’s informed consent to her treatment would violate the patient’s autonomy. In a recent issue of this journal, James Stacey Taylor argues that this conventional view is mistaken. Taylor maintains that a patient lacking information relevant to her medical decisions can be fully autonomous with respect to such decisions, because a person suffers from a diminution in her autonomy with respect to her medical decisions only if she is deliberately kept ignorant or deceived by her healthcare provider. In Taylor’s view, the patient’s autonomy would thus not be compromised if her healthcare provider fails to secure her informed consent to her treatment as a result of negligently omitting to provide relevant information to her. However, since it is intuitively plausible that the healthcare provider is still morally culpable for her negligence, it should, Taylor writes, be taken that the ethical foundation of informed consent is concern for patient wellbeing. While there is reason to be sympathetic to the conclusion that informed consent should be taken to be based on the value of wellbeing, Taylor’s argument does not support that result.

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 92,923

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Autonomy and Informed Consent on the Navajo Reservation.James Stacey Taylor - 2004 - Journal of Social Philosophy 35 (4):506-516.
Informed Consent and Relational Conceptions of Autonomy.N. Stoljar - 2011 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 36 (4):375-384.
Autonomy, consent and the law.Sheila McLean - 2010 - New York, N.Y.: Routledge-Cavendish.
Informed consent as waiver: the doctrine rethought?Emma C. Bullock - 2010 - Ethical Perspectives 17 (4):529-555.
Informed Consent, Autonomy, and the Law.David B. Annis - 1984 - Philosophy Research Archives 10:249-259.
Informed consent: a primer for clinical practice.Deborah Bowman - 2012 - New York: Cambridge University Press. Edited by John Spicer & Rehana Iqbal.
Collective informed consent and decision power.Jukka Varelius - 2009 - Science and Engineering Ethics 15 (1):39-50.

Analytics

Added to PP
2009-01-28

Downloads
75 (#225,398)

6 months
8 (#414,134)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Citations of this work

Value of choice.Tom Walker - 2022 - Journal of Medical Ethics 48 (1):61-64.
Ethics consultation and autonomy.Jukka Varelius - 2008 - Science and Engineering Ethics 14 (1):65-76.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references