Conference: Autonomy and the Other

Friday 28 November 2014, 9.30am-5pm, at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London

A Day Conference on the Nature and Applications of Autonomy

Deadline for Registration: 21st November 2014

Autonomy is central to bio-medical practice and, arguably, has become the dominant principle governing bioethical decision making. Practitioners are legally (and morally) required to respect the autonomy of patients, i.e. to regard patients as rational beings who will employ their own free will in making decisions about their health in terms of lifestyle and therapy. Yet, the concept of a solitary rational individual making his or her own free decisions has been questioned in recent years. On the one hand, an argument has been made to support a more relational concept of autonomy. On the other hand, it has been questioned whether any attempt to live autonomous lives is an illusion. This day conference will approach these issues both from historical and contemporary, as well as practical perspectives.

Lunch and Refreshment will be provided.

For further details including how to register here or contact Anna Westin at

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