Year: 2000 Source: Bioethics, v.14, no.2, (July 2000), p.187-204 SIEC No: 20021393

This essay contrasts the individualistic conception of autonomy with an alternative understanding that recognizes a social component built into the meaning of autonomy. Using the situation of physician-assisted suicide, the author’s principal aim is to show that when autonomy is understood relationally, respecting others’ autonomy is likely to be a far more complex issue than is apparent within the standard conception, both for those with professional responsibilities & often for personal intimates as well.