An argument against the use of the concept of 'persons' in health care ethics

ALLMARK, P. J. (1994). An argument against the use of the concept of 'persons' in health care ethics. Journal of advanced nursing, 19 (1), 29-35.

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Abstract

This paper discusses the use of the concept of 'persons', and its related principle 'respect for persons', in health care ethics. It is suggested that the main use of the concept is in attempts to answer the questions: 'Who owes moral respect?' and 'To whom is it owed?'. An examination of different writers and their use of the concept of 'persons' show it to be unsuccessful in answering the first question, and dangerous and unacceptable in answering the second. Therefore, it is suggested the concept should not be used at all in health care ethics. An alternative idea is suggested, based on the work of Hursthouse (1992).

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
Identification Number: 10.1111/1365-2648.ep8539528
Depositing User: Caroline Fixter
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2010 17:18
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2010 17:18
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1753

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