CAVE Bioethics Reading Group

AtMacquarie University Research Centre for Agency, Values, and Ethics
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Macquarie University Research Centre for Agency, Values, and Ethics
Australia @ (AU)
Tel 2018-03-07
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This group meets at 3.00 - 4.30 pm once a month (March to November), and reads papers on a wide variety of topics in bioethics, as nominated by group members. The first meeting for 2018 is on Wednesday 7 March. If you are interested in joining the mailing list for this reading group, please email Hojjat: hojjat.soofi [at] All welcome.

Details for the first bioethics reading group in 2018 are as follows: When: 7 March 2018, Wednesday What time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Where: ART-AHH 2.364 North Meeting Room, Australian Hearing Hub, Macquarie University (Note the change of venue for sessions in 2018). [T14 on campus map] For this session, I suggest going through Higgs & Gilleard’s “Interrogating personhood and dementia”, which invites us to reconsider the promise of recent attempts to improve dementia care through person-cantered approaches.

The authors are affiliated with University College London and together published a number of books exploring contemporary social imaginary of old age. Abstract: Objectives: To interrogate the concept of personhood and its application to care practices for people with dementia. Method: We outline the work of Tom Kitwood on personhood and relate this to conceptualisations of personhood in metaphysics and in moral philosophy. Results: The philosophical concept of personhood has a long history. The metaphysical tradition examines the necessary and sufficient qualities that make up personhood such as agency, consciousness, identity, rationality and second-order reflexivity. Alternative viewpoints treat personhood as a matter of degree rather than as a superordinate category.

Within moral philosophy personhood is treated as a moral status applicable to some or to all human beings. Conclusion: In the light of the multiple meanings attached to the...

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