Full Title: Dementia, Care and Respect
Amy Mullin, Professor, Dept. of Philosophy, University of Toronto Mississauga
Three decades ago Ronald Dworkin set the terms of ongoing debates around health care decision-making for people with dementia, with Rebecca Dresser and Agnieszka Jaworska offering alternative recommendations and approaches. I review this debate and argue that feminist care theory and Robin Dillon’s concept of care-respect have important insights to offer. I discuss implications of a focus on caring relationships both for the debate about health care decision making for individuals with dementia, the more controversial part of my discussion, and more broadly for theorizing relationships with people experiencing dementia.