Autonomy in Psychiatric Ethics

Radoilska, Lubomira V. (2014) Autonomy in Psychiatric Ethics. In: Sadler, John and van Staden, G.W. and Fulford, K.W.M., eds. The Oxford Handbook of Psychiatric Ethics. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 354-371. ISBN 978-0-19-966388-0. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198732365.013.27) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This chapter explores four kinds of skepticism about autonomy in general and its applicability to psychiatric ethics in particular. It is argued that although there are valuable lessons to be learnt from each of these skeptical challenges, their overall contribution is best understood in terms of friendly correctives to an autonomy-centered normative and conceptual framework instead of viable alternatives to it. The first four sections each provide a logical reconstruction of a distinct skeptical line of reasoning about autonomy and expand on its implications for psychiatric ethics: skepticism about personal autonomy; skepticism about autonomy as an agency concept; vulnerability-grounded skepticism about autonomy; and paternalism-friendly skepticism about autonomy. The fifth section identifies and explores the underlying presuppositions that motivate the previously discussed forms of skepticism about autonomy, and the sixth reflects on the significance of psychiatric ethics for rebutting skepticism about autonomy and developing a new, more promising positive theory.

Item Type: Book section
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Philosophy
Depositing User: Lubomira Radoilska
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2014 09:21 UTC
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2017 16:35 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/45503 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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