Autonomy, Thin and Thick

American Journal of Bioethics 24 (5):53-55 (2024)
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Abstract

According to Marshall et al. (2024), some of the patients who refuse to stay in observation after being resuscitated following an opioid overdose are likely not making an autonomous choice. While I do not intend to dispute this claim, it merits discussion what is the concept of autonomy at play in making this assessment. I contend that the concept at work is more substantive than Marshall et al. acknowledge—and more substantive, too, than the form of autonomy usually thought to underpin the moral justification of the requirement of informed consent .

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Federico Burdman
Universidad Alberto Hurtado

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