This chapter outlines the feminist approach of relational autonomy and contrasts it with decisional and libertarian conceptions. The first section identifies three main themes in relational approaches. The second focuses on the implications of relational autonomy for the notions of informed consent and decisional autonomy. The third outlines the relational autonomy analysis of adaptive preferences, namely preferences that are accommodated to the social circumstances of oppression. And the fourth considers the implications of exploitation and vulnerability for conceptions of autonomy, drawing on ethnographic descriptions of organ markets and gestational surrogacy. The chapter argues that decisional and libertarian autonomy are inadequate to capture feminist moral concerns and that the ethical principle that should be employed is respect for relational autonomy. The chapter concludes by discussing a possible objection, that the principle of respect for relational autonomy is too demanding to be practicable in health care contexts.
|Title of host publication||The Routledge handbook of feminist bioethics|
|Editors||Wendy A. Rogers, Jackie Leach Scully, Stacy M. Carter, Vikki A. Entwistle, Catherine Mills|
|Place of Publication||New York ; London|
|Publisher||Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group|
|Number of pages||13|
|ISBN (Print)||9780367860998, 9781032290393|
|Publication status||Published - 2023|