Hypothetical consent and the value(s) of autonomy

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Abstract

Hypothetical consent is puzzling.Onthe one hand, it seems tomake amoral difference across a wide range of cases. On the other hand, there seem to be principled reasons to think that it cannot. In this article I put forward reasonably precise formulations of these general suspicions regarding hypothetical consent; I draw several distinctions regarding the ways in which hypothetical consent may make a moral difference; I distinguish between two autonomy-related concerns, nonalienation and sovereignty; and, utilizing these distinctions, I show that-and in a preliminary way, when-the objections to the moral significance of hypothetical consent fail.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)6-36
Number of pages31
JournalEthics
Volume128
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2017

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