Lookup NU author(s): Professor Julian Hughes
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In this paper I consider, in connection with dementia, two views of the person. One view of the person is derived from Locke and Parfit. This tends to regard the person solely in terms of psychological states and his/her connections. The second view of the person is derived from a variety of thinkers. I have called it the situated-embodied-agent view of the person. This view, I suggest, more readily squares with the reality of clinical experience. It regards the person as embedded in a history and culture. The human person is also an embodied agent. I contend that this view encourages a more appropriate approach towards the ethical issues that arise in dementia and towards people with dementia.
Author(s): Hughes JC
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal of Medical Ethics
Print publication date: 01/04/2001
ISSN (print): 0306-6800
ISSN (electronic): 1473-4257
Publisher: BMJ Group
PubMed id: 11314164
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