Deep Brain Stimulation, Self and Relational Autonomy

Neuroethics:1-13 (forthcoming)
Abstract
Questions about the nature of self and self-consciousness are closely aligned with questions about the nature of autonomy. These concepts have deep roots in traditional philosophical discussions that concern metaphysics, epistemology and ethics. They also have direct relevance to practical considerations about informed consent in medical contexts. In this paper, with reference to understanding specific side effects of deep brain stimulation treatment in cases of, for example, Parkinson’s Disease, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Major Depressive Disorder, I’ll argue that it is best to frame discussions of informed consent in terms of relational autonomy and a pattern theory of self.
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DOI 10.1007/s12152-018-9355-x
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