On a Communitarian Approach to Bioethics
12 Pages Posted: 17 May 2014
Date Written: August 7, 2011
A communitarian approach to bioethics adds a core value to a ﬁeld that is often more concerned with considerations of individual autonomy. Some interpretations of liberalism put the needs of the patient over those of the community; authoritarian communitarianism privileges the needs of society over those of the patient. Responsive communitarianism’s main starting point is that we face two conﬂicting core values, autonomy and the common good, and that neither should be a priori privileged, and that we have principles and procedures that can be used to work out this conﬂict but not to eliminate it. This discussion uses the debate in the US over funding for entitlements as a case study to apply the values of communitarian bioethics.
Keywords: autonomy, community, common good, medicare
JEL Classification: I10
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