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Pretending to care.

Hardman, D.. Pretending to care. Journal of Medical Ethics. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.1136/jme-2022-108562


On one hand, it is commonly accepted that clinicians should not deceive their patients, yet on the other there are many instances in which deception could be in a patient’s best interest. In this paper, I propose that this conflict is in part driven by a narrow conception of deception as contingent on belief. I argue that we cannot equate non-deceptive care solely with introducing or sustaining a patient’s true belief about their condition or treatment, because there are many instances of clinical care which are non-doxastic and non-deceptive. Inasmuch as this is true, better understanding of non-doxastic attitudes, such as hope and pretence, could improve our understanding of deception in clinical practice.

Item Type:Article
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:37744
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:03 Nov 2022 16:12
Last Modified:03 Nov 2022 16:12


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