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


This chapter will first take up a critical revision of some premises endorsed in the course of the debate outlined above. It will then turn to the most recent arguments on the matter and will seek to lay the foundation for a sound ethical and anthropological rationale, justifying the qualified permissibility of employing incompetent subjects in experimentation that, while holding out no immediate benefit to them, redounds to the good of others.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dominican College of Philosophy and TheologyKrakówPoland

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