Respect for autonomy, advance directives, and minimally conscious state

Bioethics 25 (9):505-515 (2011)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

In this article, I consider whether the advance directive of a person in minimally conscious state ought to be adhered to when its prescriptions conflict with her current wishes. I argue that an advance directive can have moral significance after its issuer has succumbed to minimally conscious state. I also defend the view that the patient can still have a significant degree of autonomy. Consequently, I conclude that her advance directive ought not to be applied. Then I briefly assess whether considerations pertaining to respecting the patient's autonomy could still require obedience to the desire expressed in her advance directive and arrive at a negative answer

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 74,480

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Analytics

Added to PP
2010-02-04

Downloads
107 (#114,529)

6 months
1 (#417,474)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Citations of this work

Bioethics and the Contours of Autonomy.Derek Estes - 2022 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 47 (4):495-502.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references