“…Autonomy is widely recognized in contemporary medicine and can fairly be described as the cornerstone of contemporary bioethics.” --Steinbock, Arras and London, EIMM, p. 45.
Write a 2-3 page paper reflecting on the implications of an ethical theory that assumes autonomy to have such importance. Be sure to
- briefly explain what is meant by “autonomy”
- discuss the advantages of holding autonomy as your foundational value
- discuss the problems with holding autonomy as your foundational value
- decide whether you think autonomy should be taken as the “cornerstone of contemporary ethics” or whether something else should function as its foundation.
DUE: January 30