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Single Idea 4680

[catalogued under 24. Applied Ethics / A. Decision Conflicts / 4. Autonomy]

Full Idea

The appeal to autonomy has much more force where the person's decision is of great importance to them (as in suicide), than it has when it concerns a lesser decision (such as whether to wear a seatbelt).

Gist of Idea

Autonomy seems to acquire greater weight when the decision is more important to a person


Jonathan Glover (Causing Death and Saving Lives [1977], §13.5)

Book Reference

Glover,Jonathan: 'Causing Death and Saving Lives' [Penguin 1982], p.181

A Reaction

This is presumably uncontroversial. Planning regulations show the intrusiveness on an individual is crucial. I trim your hedge, or your hair, or your tonsils, or your beliefs…