Autonomy and Its Limits: The View from Genomics

  • Paula Boddington


The important notion of autonomy has already been introduced. In this chapter, we look more closely at different philosophical and everyday understandings of the concept. This includes contrasting autonomy used as a descriptive term and as a normative term; negative and positive approaches to autonomy; the scope of autonomy; and the relation of autonomy to community and other values as well as alternatives to protecting and valuing individuals. Applications of these ideas to particular genomics research projects are illustrated. Important limits to our autonomy are examined through a discussion of the findings of research by Stanley Milgram on obedience to authority which draws out the particular implications of this for research ethics, especially within an institutional context.


Genomic Research Difference Principle Autonomous Control Individual Autonomy Ethic Consultation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Somerville CollegeOxford UniversityOxfordUK

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