Ethics, Dementia and Severe Communication Problems
Humanities and Social Sciences
Volume 4, Issue 2-1, April 2016, Pages: 37-40
Received: Oct. 29, 2015; Accepted: Jan. 3, 2016; Published: May 13, 2016
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Erna Alant, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA; Center for AAC, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
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Emmanuel Levinas [1] argued that ethics cannot be regarded as a set of principles, rules or norms, but rather that the fundamental basis of ethics is communication and negotiated decision-making. This article explores the conditions necessary for ethical behavior to occur, as explored by Murray [2], by focusing on two relevant issues: firstly the ability of the individual to announce themselves, i. e. their ability to open up or share of themselves, and secondly, their ability to represent themselves in issues surrounding decision-making. These two issues will be explored by referring to people with severe dementia and those who have severe communication problems. The paper includes the voice of the individual as well as the voice of those who interact with individuals with severe communication problems.
Ethics, Dementia, Severe Communication Problems
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Erna Alant, Ethics, Dementia and Severe Communication Problems, Humanities and Social Sciences. Special Issue: Ethical Sensitivity: A Multidisciplinary Approach. Vol. 4, No. 2-1, 2016, pp. 37-40. doi: 10.11648/j.hss.s.2016040201.16
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