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Why the Kantian ideal survives medical learning curves, and why it matters

Abstract

The “Kantian ideal” is often misunderstood as invoking individual autonomy rather than rational self legislation. Le Morvan and Stock’s otherwise insightful discussion of “Medical learning curves and the Kantian ideal”—for example—draws the mistaken inference that that ideal is inconsistent with the realities of medical practice. But it is not. Rationally to be a patient entails accepting its necessary conditions.

  • autonomy
  • Kant
  • liberal individual
  • rational person

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