Onora O'Neill suggests that the conceptions of individual autonomy (so widely relied on in bioethics) are philosophically and ethically inadequate; they undermine rather than support relationships based on trust. Her arguments are illustrated with issues raised by such practices as the use of genetic information by the police, research using human tissues, new reproductive technologies, and media practices for reporting on medicine, science and technology. The study appeals to a wide range of readers in ethics, bioethics and related disciplines.
Preface; Frontispiece; 1. Gaining autonomy and losing trust?; 2. Autonomy, individuality and consent; 3. 'Reproductive autonomy' and new technologies; 4. Principled autonomy; 5. Principled autonomy and genetic technologies; 6. The quest for trustworthiness; 7. Trust and the limits of consent; 8. Trust and communication: the media and bioethics; Bibliography; Institutional bibliography; Index.