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Vulnerability, Autonomy, and Applied Ethics

1st Edition

Edited by Christine Straehle

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Description

Vulnerability is an important concern of moral philosophy, political philosophy and many discussions in applied ethics. Yet the concept itself—what it is and why it is morally salient—is under-theorized. Vulnerability, Autonomy, and Applied Ethics brings together theorists working on conceptualizing vulnerability as an action-guiding principle in these discussions, as well as bioethicists, medical ethicists and public policy theorists working on instances of vulnerability in specific contexts. This volume offers new and innovative work by Joel Anderson, Carla Bagnoli, Samia Hurst, Catriona Mackenzie and Christine Straehle, who together provide a discussion of the concept of vulnerability from the perspective of individual autonomy. The exchanges among authors will help show the heuristic value of vulnerability that is being developed in the context of liberal political theory and moral philosophy. The book also illustrates how applying the concept of vulnerability to some of the most pressing moral questions in applied ethics can assist us in making moral judgments. This highly innovative and interdisciplinary approach will help those grappling with questions of vulnerability in medical ethics—both theorists and practitioners—by providing principles along which to decide hard cases.

Table of Contents

Introduction



Christine Straehle





Part I: Vulnerability, Individual Agency and Social Justice





Chapter 1: Vulnerability and the Incompleteness of Practical Reason



Carla Bagnoli





Chapter 2: Vulnerability, Autonomy and Sense of Self



Christine Straehle





Chapter 3: Precarious autonomy, hazardous circumstances, and the injustice of imposed infeasibility



Joel Anderson





Chapter 4: Ordinary Vulnerability, Institutional Androgyny and Gender Justice



Naïma Hamrouni





Chapter 5: Vulnerability, Needs and Moral Obligation



Catrion Mackenzie





Chapter 6: Vulnerability, Health Care and Need



Vida Panitch and Chad Horne





Part II: Vulnerability in Applied Ethics





Chapter 7: The most vulnerable patients in health care



Samia Hurst





Chapter 8: Vulnerability in Genetic Counseling and the Ground of Nondirectiveness‬



Michael Deem





Chapter 9: On the Relationship between Vulnerability and Trust



Claudia Wiesemann





Chapter 10: Doctrinal Vulnerability and the Authority of Children’s Voices



Colin Macleod





Chapter 11: Children’s Vulnerability in Clinical Trials



Bobbie Farsides

About the Editor

Christine Straehle is Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Ottawa, Canada

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHI000000
PHILOSOPHY / General
PHI005000
PHILOSOPHY / Ethics & Moral Philosophy
SCI075000
SCIENCE / Philosophy & Social Aspects