The Just Distance: A New Biomedical Principle

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Title: The Just Distance: A New Biomedical Principle
Author: Qualtere-Burcher, Paul, 1963-
Abstract: This work argues that the principle of autonomy set forth in the Principalist theory of biomedical ethics should be replaced by "the just distance"-a concept first suggested by Paul Ricoeur. Beginning with the prevailing critique of autonomy in feminist philosophy and medical ethics, the paper then explains why a principle encompassing narrativity, relationality, and singularity would provide a better guiding standard for the doctor-patient encounter than the current rule of "respect for autonomy". The final chapter gives examples ofhow the just distance can be used in a clinical setting, and responds to possible critiques of this new principle.
Description: ix, 55 p. A print copy of this thesis is available through the UO Libraries. Search the library catalog for the location and call number.
Date: 2008-12

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