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Dying in the Twenty-First CenturyToward a New Ethical Framework for the Art of Dying Well$
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Lydia M.D. Dugdale

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262029124

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262029124.001.0001

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The Role of Community

The Role of Community

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(p.107) 7 The Role of Community
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Dying in the Twenty-First Century
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Autumn Alcott Ridenour

Lisa Sowle Cahill

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262029124.003.0007

Autumn Ridenour and Lisa Cahill address the role of community in the articulation of a contemporary art of dying. They question whether conventional interpretations of patient autonomy best serve the dying patient, and argue instead for Kant’s notion of relational autonomy, which, in their view, corrects overly individualistic conceptions of autonomy. They show how current bioethical and philosophical views of personhood both clash with and support their call for a relational autonomy, and they conclude with practical ways in which patients, their communities, and health care professionals can collaborate to promote improved care of the dying.

Keywords:   Community, Patient autonomy, Personhood, Relational autonomy

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