Ethics consultation and autonomy

Science and Engineering Ethics 14 (1):65-76 (2008)
Services of ethics consultants are nowadays commonly used in such various spheres of life as engineering, public administration, business, law, health care, journalism, and scientific research. It has however been maintained that use of ethics consultants is incompatible with personal autonomy; in moral matters individuals should be allowed to make their own decisions. The problem this criticism refers to can be conceived of as a conflict between the professional autonomy of ethics experts and the autonomy of the persons they serve. This paper addresses this conflict and maintains that when the nature of both ethics consultation and individual autonomy is properly understood, the professional autonomy of ethics experts is compatible with the autonomy of the persons they assist.
Keywords Ethics consultation  Ethical expertise  Individual autonomy  Professional autonomy  Moral problems
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DOI 10.1007/s11948-007-9033-6
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