The right to ignorance and autonomy (in Polish)

Olga Dryla

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Olga Dryla, PhD
Institute of Philosophy
Jagiellonian University
olga.dryla@uj.edu.pl

Abstract


The article explores the problem of whether a person as an autonomous individual has the right not to know about the state of their health. The point of reference is the classic article by John Harris and Kirsty Keywood, “Ignorance, Information and Autonomy”, in which they claim that the alleged right to ignorance is incompatible with autonomy. The author undertakes a critical analysis of the concept of autonomy adopted by these authors, which leads them to conclude (1) that such autonomy cannot be regarded as the supreme value of medical ethics, and (2) that it excludes attempts undertaken by its proponents to ground the right to ignorance in other values. The author argues that a properly formulated the concept of autonomy allows one to conclude that the patient, as an autonomous individual has the right not to know about their health.

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DOI:

http://dx.doi.org/10.13153/diam.32.2012.475

Article links:

Default URL: http://www.diametros.iphils.uj.edu.pl/index.php/diametros/article/view/475
Polish abstract URL: http://www.diametros.iphils.uj.edu.pl/index.php/diametros/article/view/475/pl
English abstract URL: http://www.diametros.iphils.uj.edu.pl/index.php/diametros/article/view/475/en

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