David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 23 (6):455-470 (2002)
Persons of low socioeconomic status generallyexperience worse health and shorter lives thantheir better off counterparts. They alsosuffer a greater incidence of adversepsychosocial characteristics, such as lowself-esteem, self-efficacy, and self-masteryand increased cynicism and hostility. Thesepopulation data suggest another category ofharm to persons: diminished moral agency. Chronic socioeconomic deprivation can createenvironments that undermine the development ofself and capacities constitutive to moralagency – i.e., the capacity forself-determination and crafting a life of one''sown. The harm affects not only the choicesa person makes, but the chooser herself. Thismoral harm is particularly salient in modernWestern societies, especially in the UnitedStates, where success and failure is attributedto the individual, with little notice of thelarger social and political realities thatinform an individual''s circumstances and choices.
|Keywords||agency autonomy class health disparities identity justice poverty self-determination social determinants socioeconomic status|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Benjamin Sachs (2011). The Status of Moral Status. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 92 (1):87-104.
Christopher Lowry & Udo Schüklenk (2009). Two Models in Global Health Ethics. Public Health Ethics 2 (3):276-284.
Sungmoon Kim (2010). The Secret of Confucian Wuwei Statecraft: Mencius's Political Theory of Responsibility. Asian Philosophy 20 (1):27 – 42.
Thomas Douglas (2013). Human Enhancement and Supra-Personal Moral Status. Philosophical Studies 162 (3):473-497.
David DeGrazia (2008). Moral Status as a Matter of Degree? Southern Journal of Philosophy 46 (2):181-198.
Andrew Courtwright (2008). Health Disparities and Autonomy. Bioethics 22 (8):431-439.
Mathias Risse (2005). What We Owe to the Global Poor. Journal of Ethics 9 (1-2):81 - 117.
S. A. Hurst (2009). Just Care: Should Doctors Give Priority to Patients of Low Socioeconomic Status? Journal of Medical Ethics 35 (1):7-11.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads15 ( #106,784 of 1,099,039 )
Recent downloads (6 months)4 ( #80,012 of 1,099,039 )
How can I increase my downloads?