Chapter 13. Alzheimer's Disease and Socially Extended Mentation

  1. Eva Feder Kittay Distinguished Professor senior fellow2 and
  2. Licia Carlson Ph.D. assistant professor3
  1. James Lindemann Nelson M.D. professor of psychiatry former member

Published Online: 18 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444322781.ch13

Cognitive Disability and Its Challenge to Moral Philosophy

Cognitive Disability and Its Challenge to Moral Philosophy

How to Cite

Nelson, J. L. (2010) Alzheimer's Disease and Socially Extended Mentation, in Cognitive Disability and Its Challenge to Moral Philosophy (eds E. F. Kittay and L. Carlson), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444322781.ch13

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Stony Brook University/SUNY, USA

  2. 3

    Providence College, USA

Author Information

  1. Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 14 MAY 2010

Book Series:

  1. Metaphilosophy Series in Philosophy

Book Series Editors:

  1. Armen T. Marsoobian,
  2. Brian J. Huschle and
  3. Eric Cavallero

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405198288

Online ISBN: 9781444322781

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Keywords:

  • Alzheimer's disease and socially extended mentation;
  • philosophy's ongoing effort, contributing to our better understanding - just what kind of beings we are;
  • Dworkin, position resting on well-known distinction - between critical and experiential interests;
  • semantic externalism - rough sketch and gesture at motivation;
  • semantic externalism, philosophy of mind - relationship to our own mental contents, in an important sense, to ourselves;
  • beyond externalism about mental contents;
  • advanced directive, for demented patient - still a valuer, equivalent to Ulysses contract;
  • supersizing the mind - Clark and criteria, accepting a nonbiological entity into organism's cognitive system;
  • changing one's mind, elimination of old beliefs - and acceptance of new ones

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Semantic Externalism: A Rough Sketch and a Gesture at Motivation

  • Interests, Values, and the Mind's End

  • Beyond Externalism About Mental Contents

  • Acknowledgments

  • References