Alzheimer’s Disease

Dennis McKerlie

in Justice Between the Young and the Old

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199769131
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979615 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Ethics Series

Alzheimer’s Disease

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This chapter considers an important issue for the elderly—the condition and treatment of people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. It assesses the philosophical debate over the degree of autonomy possessed by these patients and the nature of the interests that they possess and the kinds of goods they are capable of experiencing. It starts from Dworkin's controversial views. It discusses the objections of two insightful critics of Dworkin, Agnieszka Jaworska and Seana Shiffrin. These critical discussions motivate the positive views expressed in this book.

Keywords: elderly; dementia; autonomy; Dworkin; Agnieszka Jaworska; Seana Shiffrin

Chapter.  7887 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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