Against homeopathy - a utilitarian perspective
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.
Smith, K. 2012. Against homeopathy - a utilitarian perspective. Bioethics. 26(8): pp.398-409. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8519.2010.01876.x