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R. S. Downie, K. C. Calman, Ruth A. K. Schröck, and Malcolm Macnaughton

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780192624086

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192624086.001.0001

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Autonomy and Respect

Autonomy and Respect

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(p.51) Chapter 4 AUTONOMY AND RESPECT
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Healthy Respect
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R. S. Downie

K. C. Calman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192624086.003.0005

Consensus principles provide the core of morality (ethics) but morality becomes authoritative to the extent that it can be shown to derive from the basic principle of the nature of the individual person. This is often expressed as the principle that ‘persons ought to be respected as ends in themselves’. Other moral principles can be shown to be justified to the extent that they derive from this principle. Rights are also derived from the nature of human beings.

Keywords:   autonomy, respect, justification, rights

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