On the Philosophical Foundations of Medical Ethics: Aristotle, Kant, JS Mill and Rawls

  title={On the Philosophical Foundations of Medical Ethics: Aristotle, Kant, JS Mill and Rawls},
  author={Raphael Cohen-Almagor},
  journal={Ethics, Medicine and Public Health},
This article aims to trace back some of the theoretical foundations of medical ethics that stem from the philosophies of Aristotle, Immanuel Kant, John Stuart Mill and John Rawls. The four philosophers had in mind rational and autonomous human beings who are able to decide their destiny, who pave for themselves the path for their own happiness. It is argued that their philosophies have influenced the field of medical ethics as they crafted some very important principles of the field. I discuss… Expand
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