The vulnerability of the individual benefit argument
JournalItem (Reviews, Editorials, Rezensionen, Urteilsanmerkungen etc. in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
ID 2745760
Author(s) Badarau, Domnita O.; Nast, Rebecca L.; Shaw, David M.
Author(s) at UniBasel Nast, Rebecca
Shaw, David
Badarau, Domnita
Year 2014
Title The vulnerability of the individual benefit argument
Journal The American journal of bioethics
Volume 14
Number 12
Pages 17-18
Keywords biomedical research, human subjects research, philosophy, research ethics, vulnerability
Abstract In "Shared Vulnerabilities in Research" the author argues that research conferring no direct benefit and conducted with a vulnerable group of subjects cannot be morally justified on the grounds that the beneficiaries of that research share the subjects' vulnerability. While we agree that the paper's central argument is valid, we challenge the assumption that one (A) suffers for the benefit of another (B). The author erroneously extracts A from his group (of vulnerable subjects). Consequently, any opportunities or benefits that may come to the group will exclude A. Ultimately, we conclude that it does make a moral difference whether the beneficiaries share the research subjects' vulnerability.
Publisher The MIT Press
ISSN/ISBN 1526-5161
Full Text on edoc Restricted
Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.1080/15265161.2014.964876
ISI-Number WOS:000344060400007
Document type (ISI) Editorial Material

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