Informed Consent, Proxy Consent, and Catholic Bioethics

For the Good of the Subject

  • Grzegorz┬áMazur, O.P.

Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 112)

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This work offers a comprehensive understanding rooted in Catholic anthropology and moral theory of the meaning and limits of informed and proxy consent to experimentation on human subjects. In particular, it seeks to articulate the rationale for proxy consent in both therapeutic and nontherapeutic settings. As to the former, the book proposes that the Golden Rule, recognizing the basic inclinations of human nature toward objective goods perfective of human persons, should underpin the notion of proxy consent to experimentation on humans. As to the latter, an additional scrutiny of the amount of risk involved is necessary, since the risk-benefit ratio frequently invoked to justify higher-risk therapeutic research does not exist in its nontherapeutic counterpart. This study discusses a number of possible solutions to this question and develops a position that builds upon the objective notion of the human good.


Golden Rule Informed consent Proxy consent Research on human subjects The Subject's Good

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  • Grzegorz┬áMazur, O.P.
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  1. 1.Uniwersytet Papieski Jana Pawla II w KraKrakowPoland

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-2195-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-2196-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0376-7418
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