Edited by Jennifer Radden

in The Philosophy of Psychiatry

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780195149531
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199870943 | DOI:

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry


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This chapter analyzes the definition of consent and its application in particular cases. No concept is more central to mental health law and bioethics than competence to consent. It is argued that a person is competent to make a particular medical decision if, and only if, she has the ability to make a rational decision of the particular kind involved.

Keywords: consent; refusal; patient decision; rational decision making

Chapter.  6155 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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