Second Short Written Assignment

Second Short Written Assignment - Ronald Dworkin discuses...

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Ronald Dworkin discuses two models of autonomy in “Life Past Reason.” The first model which he discusses is the “evidentiary model.” The evidentiary model states that we ought to respect people’s right to autonomy because every individual knows what is in their own best interest. In other words, it’s their life and no matter how much we think they are making a mistake we must let them live their life in accordance their wishes because only they know what is best for them. Demented individuals do not have autonomy because they cannot know what is in their own best interest like you or me. Demented individuals change their mind from moment to moment and little stays consistent; therefore, it cannot be argued that they know what is in their best interest. An alternative to the evidentiary model is the “integrity model.” According to this model, autonomy allows people to live their lives in a manor which reflects their own character. The purpose of autonomy is not to protect an individual’s wellness or best interest, but their integrity. This model allows people to express their character which consists of their values as well as their critical and experiential interests. Ones experiential interest are those things that individuals due because of the pleasant experiences. Critical interests are the hopes and dreams someone has that give meaning to their life. Demented individuals would not have autonomy according to this
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This note was uploaded on 03/22/2009 for the course PHIL 165 taught by Professor Gradstudent during the Spring '07 term at UNC.

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