Understanding dementia: a hermeneutic perspective

Guy A. M. Widdershoven and Ineke Widdershoven-Heerding

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Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780198526117
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754326 | DOI:

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

Understanding dementia: a hermeneutic perspective

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Chapter 6 discusses a hermeneutic approach to dementia, considering the question of how strange attitudes and behaviours, which are often characteristic of persons with dementia, can be understood, distinguishing a dialogical hermeneutic approach from an objective explanatory approach on the one hand, and an interpretative subjectivist approach on the other, explaining how the hermeneutic approach leads to new ways of dealing with conflicts of values between persons with dementia and their caregivers, and argues that the hermeneutic understanding of dementia is a matter of practical wisdom or phronesis.

Chapter.  4044 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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