Conceptualizing Alzheimer's patients : issues of autonomy and personal identity

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dc.contributor.advisor Wein, Sheldon, 1948-
dc.creator Lidstone, Faye
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-09T12:31:37Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-09T12:31:37Z
dc.date.issued 2005
dc.identifier.other RC523 L53 2005
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/xmlui/handle/01/22192
dc.description 82 leaves ; 28 cm.
dc.description Includes abstract.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 81-82).
dc.description.abstract The standard view of people who get Alzheimer's disease is that, while remaining the same person throughout the progression of the disease, they gradually lose their autonomy (and only cease to be the same person when they eventually die from the disease). This thesis carefully examines that view and the concepts of autonomy and personal identity employed by the view. The thesis argues that there are considerable advantages to abandoning the standard view and replacing it with an understanding of Alzheimer's patients which has them lose their personal identity---cease to be the same person---at a stage of the disease prior to those in which they lose their autonomy.
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc RC523
dc.subject.lcsh Alzheimer's disease -- Patients
dc.subject.lcsh Identity (Philosophical concept)
dc.subject.lcsh Autonomy (Philosophy)
dc.subject.lcsh Identity (Psychology)
dc.title Conceptualizing Alzheimer's patients : issues of autonomy and personal identity
dc.type Text
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in Philosophy
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline Philosophy
thesis.degree.grantor Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)


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