Facing up to Paternalism in Research Ethics
Although research ethics has generally emphasized the importance of autonomy and informed consent, it has not faced up to the fact that the reigning regulatory and ethical frameworks for human research emphasize the protection of research subjects and is paternalistic at its core. This chapter argues that this regulatory regime is best justified as a form of group soft-paternalism in which IRBs compensate for deficiencies in subject decision-making.
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