Autonomy and Mental Disorder

Radoilska, Lubomira V., ed. (2012) Autonomy and Mental Disorder. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 328 pp. ISBN 9780199595426. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Autonomy is a fundamental though contested concept. For instance, most of us place great value on the opportunity to make our own decisions and to be able to lead a life of our own choosing. Yet there is stark disagreement on what is involved in being able to decide autonomously, as well as how important this is compared with other commitments. For example, the success of every group project requires that group members make decisions about the project collectively rather than each on their own. This disagreement notwithstanding, mental disorder is routinely assumed to put a strain on autonomy. However, it is unclear whether this is effectively the case and, if so, whether this is due to the nature of mental disorder or of the social stigma that is often attached to it. Autonomy and Mental Disorder is the first exploration of the nature and value of autonomy with reference to mental disorder. By reflecting on instances of mental disorder where autonomy is apparently compromised, it offers a systematic discussion of the underlying presuppositions of the present autonomy debates. In so doing, it helps address different kinds of emerging scepticism questioning either the appeal of autonomy as a concept or its relevance to specific areas of normative ethics, including psychiatric ethics.

Item Type: Edited book
Additional information: Includes contributions: Introduction 'personal autonomy, decisional capacity, and mental disorder'; Chapter 3: 'Three challenges from delusion for theories of autonomy' (with K.W.M.Fulford) Chapter 12: 'Autonomy and Ulysses arrangements'. ; number of additional authors: 0;
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Philosophy
Depositing User: Lubomira Radoilska
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 00:05 UTC
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2016 12:28 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/40576 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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