Journals Higher Education



Published: 26 January 2006

326 Pages | 6 halftones, 2 line illus.

ISBN: 9780198566144

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Mind, Meaning, and the Person

Edited by Julian C. Hughes, Stephen J. Louw, and Steven R. Sabat

International Perspectives in Philosophy and Psychiatry

This book brings together philosophers and practitioners to explore the conceptual issues that arise in connection with this increasingly common illness. Drawing on a variety of philosophers such as Descartes, Lock, Hume, Wittgenstein, the authors explore the nature of personal identity in dementia. They also show how the lives and selfhood of people with dementia can be enhanced by attention to their psychosocial and spiritual environment. Throughout, the book conveys a strong ethical message, arguing in favour of treating people with dementia with all the dignity they deserve as human beings. The book covers a range of topics, stretching from talk of basic biology to talk of a spiritual understanding of people with dementia. Accessibly written by leading figures in psychiatry and philosophy, the book presents a unique and long overdue examination of an illness that features in so many of our lives.


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