Archive for March, 2011


What is ‘Group Decision-Making?’

March 25, 2011

Thomas Cunningham

This paper has two goals, motivated by thinking about the “Shared Decision-Making Model” of medical choice (SDM). One, I argue the topic of medical decision-making is an excellent case study in individual and group rationality, which serves well as a case for philosophical reflection. Also, I consider the empirical foundations of SDM and argue that while they sufficiently demonstrate that treatment decisions are social in nature, SDM fails to articulate a normative position for why such decisions should be social rather than simply are social. I conclude by sketching a line of reasoning for providing this missing normative account.