Respect for Rational Autonomy

  title={Respect for Rational Autonomy},
  author={Rebecca L. Walker},
  journal={Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal},
  pages={339 - 366}
  • Rebecca L. Walker
  • Published 2009
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal
The standard notion of autonomy in medical ethics does not require that autonomous choices not be irrational. The paper gives three examples of seemingly irrational patient choices and discusses how a rational autonomy analysis differs from the standard view. It then considers whether a switch to the rational autonomy view would lead to overriding more patient decisions but concludes that this should not be the case. Rather, a determination of whether individual patient decisions are autonomous… Expand
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