Moving towards a solution: dementia and the normative world

Julian C. Hughes

in Thinking Through Dementia

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Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199570669
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754654 | DOI:

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

Moving towards a solution: dementia and the normative world

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The suggested solution to the problems that arise when we consider different models of dementia in the light of the Wittgensteinian critique turns out to be no more and no less than a call to a broader engagement through a broader view, a surview, one that looks with openness and clarity at particular cases or narratives. This broader view amounts to an engagement with the world as it is: the human world in which we live, in which we share normative concerns and constraints as a condition for the possibility of meaning, understanding, remembering, intending, and so on. It is the world of the transcendental account of normativity. It is in the everyday world, in which normativity quietly resides, that we shall find the solution to the problem of a poor fit between our models and the world. But this suggests the lingering question, which is whether we shall ever find a model that captures the realities of the normative world of dementia.

Chapter.  16315 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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