07.18.16 | Dementia

Charles Leadbeater | Aeon | 26th March 2015

If your memory fails, are you still the same person? Dementia “raises deeply troubling issues about our obligations to care for people whose identity might have changed in the most disturbing ways”. Everyone touched by the disease “goes through a crash-course in the philosophy of mind”. And morality too. What are your duties to somebody who doesn’t know who you are? “The person I’m dealing with, the person I’m yelling at, is a stranger. He looks like my husband, but Howard’s gone” (2,800 words)

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The Disremembered

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