Why the Kantian ideal survives medical learning curves; and why it matters

Brecher, Bob (2006) Why the Kantian ideal survives medical learning curves; and why it matters Journal of Medical Ethics, 32 (9). pp. 511-512. ISSN 0306-6800

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Abstract

The ‘Kantian ideal’ is often misunderstood as invoking individual autonomy rather than rational self-legislation. Le Morvan and Stock’s otherwise insightful discussion of ‘Medical learning curves and the Kantian ideal’, for example, draws the mistaken inference that that ideal is inconsistent with the realities of medical practice. But it is not. Rationally to be a patient entails accepting its necessary conditions, one of which is the ineliminable existence of medical learning curves. Their rational necessity, therefore, offers no grounds against a Kantian understanding of how morality might function in the practgice of medicine.

Item Type:Journal article
Subjects:A000 Medicine > A900 Medicine not elsewhere classified
V000 Historical and Philosophical studies > V500 Philosophy
DOI (a stable link to the resource):10.1136/jme.2005.014704
Faculties:Faculty of Arts
ID Code:10389
Deposited By:Bob Brecher
Deposited On:15 May 2012 12:39
Last Modified:25 May 2012 12:13

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