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Informed consent under ignorance


Villiger, Daniel (2024). Informed consent under ignorance. The American Journal of Bioethics:1-13.

Abstract

In recent years, an old challenge to informed consent has been rediscovered: the challenge of ignorance. Several authors argue that due to the presence of irreducible ignorance in certain treatments, giving informed consent to these treatments is not possible. The present paper examines in what ways ignorance is believed to prevent informed consent and which treatments are affected by that. At this, it becomes clear that if the challenge of ignorance truly holds, it poses a major problem to informed consent. The paper argues, however, that from both an empirical and a theoretical point of view, it is not convincing that ignorance prevents informed consent. Still, it seems important that the presence of irreducible ignorance is openly discussed during the informed consent process.

Abstract

In recent years, an old challenge to informed consent has been rediscovered: the challenge of ignorance. Several authors argue that due to the presence of irreducible ignorance in certain treatments, giving informed consent to these treatments is not possible. The present paper examines in what ways ignorance is believed to prevent informed consent and which treatments are affected by that. At this, it becomes clear that if the challenge of ignorance truly holds, it poses a major problem to informed consent. The paper argues, however, that from both an empirical and a theoretical point of view, it is not convincing that ignorance prevents informed consent. Still, it seems important that the presence of irreducible ignorance is openly discussed during the informed consent process.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:01 Faculty of Theology and the Study of Religion > Center for Ethics
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
Scopus Subject Areas:Health Sciences > Issues, Ethics and Legal Aspects
Health Sciences > Health Policy
Uncontrolled Keywords:medical ethics; informed consent; ignorance; transformative experience; understanding
Language:English
Date:5 January 2024
Deposited On:17 Jan 2024 16:18
Last Modified:30 Apr 2024 01:47
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1526-5161
OA Status:Hybrid
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/15265161.2023.2296429
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  • : FunderSchweizerischer Nationalfonds zur Förderung der Wissenschaftlichen Forschung
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  • Content: Published Version
  • Language: English
  • Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)