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Rational desires and the limitation of life-sustaining treatment.

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It is accepted that treatment of previously competent, now incompetent patients can be limited if that is what the patient would desire, if she were now competent. Expressed past preferences or an advance directive are often taken to constitute sufficient evidence of what a patient would now desire. I distinguish between desires and rational desires. I argue that for a desire to be an expression of a person's autonomy, it must be or satisfy that person's rational desires. A person rationally ...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
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Journal:
Bioethics More from this journal
Volume:
8
Issue:
3
Pages:
191-222
Publication date:
1994-07-01
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EISSN:
1467-8519
ISSN:
0269-9702

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