Harmful rights-doing? The perceived problem of liberal paradigms and public health

Coggon, John (2008) Harmful rights-doing? The perceived problem of liberal paradigms and public health. Journal of Medical Ethics, 34, (11), 798-801. (doi:10.1136/jme.2007.024067).


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The focus of this paper is public health law and ethics, and the analytic framework advanced in the report Public health: ethical issues by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. The author criticises the perceived problems found with liberal models associated with Millian political philosophy and questions the Report’s attempt to add to such theoretical frameworks. The author suggests a stronger theoretical account that the Council could have adopted—that advanced in the works of Joseph Raz—which would have been more appropriate. Instead of seeking to justify overruling the legitimate interests of individuals in favour of society, this account holds that the interests are necessarily interwoven and thus such a conflict does not exist. It is based on an objective moral account and does not require an excessive commitment to individuals’ entitlements

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1136/jme.2007.024067
ISSNs: 0306-6800 (print)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA1001 Forensic Medicine. Medical jurisprudence. Legal medicine
Divisions : Faculty of Business and Law > Southampton Law School
ePrint ID: 342900
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
November 2008Published
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2012 11:22
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 14:34
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/342900

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