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Care vs. Autonomy: Nudging for Health and Relational Judgment in Reflective Professional Practice

The lecture will discuss the tensions between the ethical obligation to respect autonomy and the ethical obligation to provide care and promote human flourishing. It identifies the question this relationship poses for bioethics, psychology, and the helping professions such as medicine, nursing, social work, counseling, and public health. The pros and cons of three ways to resolve this tension are considered: (1) by appeal to reason, (2) by designing or curating contextual conditions influencing choice (often called “choice architecture” or “nudging”) in ways that constrain autonomy but do not violate its core value, and (3) by appeal to relational judgment in communicative and reflective professional practice.
When Sep 29, 2016
from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Where 110 Henderson Building, University Park, PA 16803
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About the Lecture

The lecture will discuss the tensions between the ethical obligation to respect autonomy and the ethical obligation to provide care and promote human flourishing. It identifies the question this relationship poses for bioethics, psychology, and the helping professions such as medicine, nursing, social work, counseling, and public health. The pros and cons of three ways to resolve this tension are considered: (1) by appeal to reason, (2) by designing or curating contextual conditions influencing choice (often called “choice architecture” or “nudging”) in ways that constrain autonomy but do not violate its core value, and (3) by appeal to relational judgment in communicative and reflective professional practice.

About the Speaker

Bruce Jennings is director of bioethics at the Center for Humans and Nature, a private operating foundation that studies philosophical, ethical, and policy questions that arise at the intersection of public health, the environmental/ecological sciences, and democratic theory and practice. He teaches at the Yale University School of Public Health, serves as a senior advisor at The Hastings Center, and is a member of the ethics advisory committee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A political scientist by training, Jennings is a graduate of Yale University (B.A. 1971) and Princeton University (M.A. 1973).

Read more: http://www.thehastingscenter.org/About/Staff/Detail.aspx?id=1280#ixzz47ml8jjlM