Autonomy and Mental Disorder

Paperback | May 19, 2012

EditorLubomira Radoilska

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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 ashow 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 onautonomy. 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 presentautonomy 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. Written by leading figures in philosophy and psychiatry, Autonomy and Mental Disorder will appeal to a wide range of readers in these and related disciplines.

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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 ashow important this is compared with other comm...

Lubomira Radoilska is Affiliated Lecturer at the Cambridge Faculty of Philosophy and Research Associate of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics. She is the author of Aristotle and the Moral Philosophy of Today (2007). Her main research interests are in moral and political philosophy, ancient philosophy and the philosophy of me...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.73 inPublished:May 19, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Lubomira Radoilska: Introduction: personal autonomy, decisional capacity, and mental disorderPart I: Mapping the conceptual landscape1. Jane Heal: Mental disorder and the value(s) of 'autonomy'2. Alfred R. Mele: Autonomy and neuroscience3. K.W.M. (Bill) Fulford and Lubomira Radoilska: Three challenges from delusion for theories of autonomyPart II: Autonomy in light of mental disorder4. Derek Bolton and Natalie Banner: Does mental disorder involve loss of personal autonomy?5. Lisa Bortolotti, Rochelle Cox, Matthew Broome, and Matteo Mameli: Rationality and self-knowledge in delusion and confabulation: implications for autonomy as self-governance6. Jennifer Radden: Privacy and patient autonomy in mental health carePart III: Rethinking capacity and respect for autonomy7. Jules Holroyd: Clarifying capacity: value and reasons8. Elizabeth Fistein: Conceptions of the good and the Mental Capacity Act9. Hallvard Lillehammer: Autonomy, value, and the first personPart IV: Emerging alternatives10. Guy A.M. Widdershoven and Tineke A. Abma: Autonomy, practical rationality, and moral deliberation11. Grant Gillett: How do I learn to be me again? Autonomy, life skills, and identity12. Lubomira Radoilska: Autonomy and Ulysses arrangements