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Carolina Seminar on Philosophy, Ethics, and Mental Health: “Affect, Value and Decisional Capacity” with Jennifer Hawkins, PhD
September 28, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Carolina Seminar on Philosophy, Ethics, and Mental Health: “Affect, Value and Decisional Capacity” with Jennifer Hawkins, PhD Associate Research Professor of Philosophy at Duke University
Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at 6:00pm
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Our ability to look after ourselves and promote our own interests can be (and often is) undermined by mental disorder in ways not anticipated by current models of decision-making capacity. Our standard ways of assessing capacity do not detect all the cases of incapacity they should. In this talk I first explain the nature of this problem and argue that it deserves more attention than it has generally received. I then offer a diagnosis of the problem, i.e. I explain why I think the problem arises, and why it can seem so hard to solve. Finally, I offer an original new solution that, I argue, avoids being objectionably paternalistic.