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Reasonability and Conscientious Objection in Medicine: A Reply to Marsh and an Elaboration of the Reason‐Giving Requirement

7 Pages Posted: 4 Jun 2014  

Robert F. Card

State University of New York - Department of Philosophy

Date Written: July 2014

Abstract

In this paper I defend the Reasonability View: the position that medical professionals seeking a conscientious exemption must state reasons in support of their objection and allow those reasons to be subject to evaluation. Recently, this view has been criticized by Jason Marsh as proposing a standard that is either too difficult to meet or too easy to satisfy. First, I defend the Reasonability View from this proposed dilemma. Then, I develop this view by presenting and explaining some of the central criteria it uses to assess whether a conscientious objection is proper grounds for extending an exemption to a medical practitioner.

Keywords: medical professionalism, conscience, philosophy of medicine

Suggested Citation

Card, Robert F., Reasonability and Conscientious Objection in Medicine: A Reply to Marsh and an Elaboration of the Reason‐Giving Requirement (July 2014). Bioethics, Vol. 28, Issue 6, pp. 320-326, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2445697 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bioe.12022

Robert F. Card (Contact Author)

State University of New York - Department of Philosophy ( email )

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