Wellbeing, schizophrenia and experience machines

Bioethics 27 (2):81-88 (2013)
Abstract
In the USA and England and Wales, involuntary treatment for mental illness is subject to the constraint that it must be necessary for the health or safety of the patient, if he poses no danger to others. I will argue against this necessary condition of administering treatment and propose that the category of individuals eligible for involuntary treatment should be extended. I begin by focusing on the common disorder of schizophrenia and proceed to demonstrate that it can be a considerable harm to a person's life without causing the person to be a danger to himself. I illuminate this claim by constructing a thought experiment concerning a person who slips on a banana peel and falls into a malfunctioning version of Robert Nozick's experience machine. I propose that the reasons why we should remove the person from the machine are the same reasons why we should administer involuntary treatment to individuals with schizophrenia. I rebut three objections to the analogy and conclude that if we believe that we have a duty to provide treatment for reasons relating to a person's wellbeing, it follows that we should reject the health or safety requirement and instead broaden the category of individuals who are eligible for involuntary treatment
Keywords competence  coercion  mental illness  schizophrenia  treatment  autonomy  lack of insight
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-8519.2011.01894.x
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history
Request removal from index
Download options
Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 29,520
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Involuntary Antipsychotic Medication and Freedom of Thought.Mari Stenlund - 2011 - Dialogues in Philosophy, Mental and Neuro Sciences 4 (2):31-33.
Respect for Persons and the Harsh Punishment of Criminals.Stephen Kershnar - 2004 - International Journal of Applied Philosophy 18 (1):103-121.
The Objectivity of Wellbeing.Matt Ferkany - 2012 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 93 (4):472-492.
For the Protection of Others.Simona Giordano - 2000 - Health Care Analysis 8 (3):309-319.
Respect for Other Selves.Craig Edwards - 2011 - Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 21 (4):349-378.
Added to PP index
2011-08-12

Total downloads
44 ( #120,376 of 2,180,844 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #299,822 of 2,180,844 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads
My notes
Sign in to use this feature


Discussion
Order:
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.

Other forums