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Adaptation and Autonomy: Adaptive Preferences in Enhancing and Ending Life

Räikkä, Juha, Varelius, Jukka (Eds.)

2013, VI, 201 p. 1 illus.

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  • Gathers together unpublished works from different authors focusing on the relationship between preference adaptation and autonomy in connection with human enhancement and in the end-of-life context
  • Assesses how, if at all, preference adaptation affects autonomy in connection with the choices we make as regards enhancing and ending human life
  • Combines for the first time the topics of preference adaptation, individual autonomy, and that of choosing to die or to enhance human capacities in a unique and comprehensive publication, filling an important knowledge gap in the contemporary bioethics literature

This volume gathers together previously unpublished articles focusing on the relationship between preference adaptation and autonomy in connection with human enhancement and in the end-of-life context. The value of individual autonomy is a cornerstone of liberal societies. While there are different conceptions of the notion, it is arguable that on any plausible understanding of individual autonomy an autonomous agent needs to take into account the conditions that circumscribe its actions. Yet it has also been suggested that allowing one’s options to affect one’s preferences threatens autonomy. While this phenomenon has received some attention in other areas of moral philosophy, it has seldom been considered in bioethics. This book combines for the first time the topics of preference adaptation, individual autonomy, and choosing to die or to enhance human capacities in a unique and comprehensive volume, filling an important knowledge gap in the contemporary bioethics literature.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Biomedical ethics - End-of-life decisions and choices - Enhancing and ending human life - Ethics of euthanasia - Human enhancement - patient autonomy

Related subjects » Applied Ethics & Social Responsibility - Epistemology & Philosophy of Science - Medicine

Table of contents 

Introduction.- Adaptive Preferences, Autonomy, and Extended Lives.- Adaptation, Autonomy, and Authority.- “It Won’t Be as Bad as You Think:” Autonomy and Adaptation to Disability.- Autonomy and End of Life Decisions: A Paradox.- Gendered Adaptive Preferences, Autonomy, and End of Life Decisions.- Sour Clinical Trials: Autonomy and Adaptive Preferences in Experimental Medicine.

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