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Autonomy and Respect

R. S. Downie and K. C. Calman

in Healthy Respect

Second edition

Published in print May 1994 | ISBN: 9780192624086
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723728 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192624086.003.0005
Autonomy and Respect

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Consensus principles provide the core of morality (ethics) but morality becomes authoritative to the extent that it can be shown to derive from the basic principle of the nature of the individual person. This is often expressed as the principle that ‘persons ought to be respected as ends in themselves’. Other moral principles can be shown to be justified to the extent that they derive from this principle. Rights are also derived from the nature of human beings.

Keywords: autonomy; respect; justification; rights

Chapter.  4499 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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