Narrative, Complexity, and Context: Autonomy as an Epistemic Value

Naomi Scheman

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This chapter discusses the value of the autonomy of patients and research subjects in the data-gathering process. This comprises one of the principle tenets of bioethics, which argues for informed consent during experimental procedures, as well as mutual respect between the researched and the researcher. This autonomy also has epistemological value, in that the patient or subject has the freedom to articulate their perspectives and have them taken as intelligible by others, in a communal process of responsible knowing and listening.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationShifting Ground
Subtitle of host publicationKnowledge and Reality, Transgression and Trustworthiness
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780190267483
ISBN (Print)9780195395112
StatePublished - May 27 2015


  • Autonomy
  • Bioethics
  • Data gathering
  • Epistemological value
  • Informed consent
  • Mutual respect
  • Research subjects
  • Responsible knowing

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