Music therapy and dementia: Rethinking the debate over advance directives
Matthews, Stephen. (2014) Music therapy and dementia: Rethinking the debate over advance directives. Res Disputandae. 20, pp. 18 - 35.
Ronald Dworkin argued that Advance Directives informed by a principle of autonomy ought to guide decisions in relation to the treatment of those in care for dementia. The principle of autonomy in play presupposes a form of competence that is tied to the individual person making the Directive. This paper challenges this individualist assumption. It does so by pointing out that the competence of a patient is inherently relational, and the key illustrative case to make this point is the case of music therapy. In music therapy, a relatively recent treatment modality in aged care, patients previously thought to be permanently unresponsive are shown on the contrary to be capable of significant levels of social agency. The conclusion to draw is that Advance Directives that fail to acknowledge the real possibility of such relational competence are misapplied.
|Journal citation||20, pp. 18 - 35|
|Publisher||School of Philosophy, Australian Catholic University|
|Web address (URL)||https://philpapers.org/rec/MATD-2|
|Open access||Open access|
|Page range||18 - 35|
|Research Group||Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry|
|Place of publication||Australia|
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