Monday, January 22, 2007

Reflection Paper:

“…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

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