Against homeopathy - a utilitarian perspective

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Abstract

I examine the positive and negative features of homeopathy from an ethical perspective. I consider: (a) several potentially beneficial features of homeopathy, including non-invasiveness, cost-effectiveness, holism, placebo benefits and agent autonomy; and (b) several potentially negative features of homeopathy, including failure to seek effective healthcare, wastage of resources, promulgation of false beliefs and a weakening of commitment to scientific medicine. A utilitarian analysis of the utilities and disutilities leads to the conclusion that homeopathy is ethically unacceptable and ought to be actively rejected by healthcare professionals.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)398–409
Number of pages12
JournalBioethics
Volume26
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012

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