Psychiatric ethics

The Moral Elephant in the Room – Patient Morality in Psychiatry

Cross-post from the Journal of Medical Ethics Blog.

 

By Doug McConnell, Matthew Broome, and Julian Savulescu.

In our paper, “Making psychiatry moral again”, we aim to develop and justify a practical ethical guide for psychiatric involvement in patient moral growth. Ultimately we land on the view that psychiatrists should help patients express their own moral values by default but move to address the content of those moral values in the small subset of cases where the patient’s moral views are sufficiently inaccurate or underdeveloped.

Those who are interested in how we got that position can see our argument in the paper but here we’ll say something about what motivated us to write this paper. Continue reading

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