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Tännsjö, T. (2014). Utilitarianism and informed consent. Journal of Medical Ethics, 40(7), 445. https://doi.org/10.1136/medethics-2012-101206


Being targeted by Nir Eyal’s ingenious argument,1 I am pleased to have the opportunity to respond. It is fairly obvious that my utilitarian argument accomplishes what it is supposed to accomplish, namely a defence of the idea that the notion of informed consent should take roughly the form it takes in Western medicine. But does it fly in the face of commonsense moral thinking? I will argue that it does not.