Springer Verlag (2015)

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Thomas Schramme
Universität Hamburg
Norbert Paulo
University of Salzburg
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Decision-making capacity or mental competence is one of the most intensively discussed concepts in contemporary bioethics and medical ethics. In this paper I argue that anorexia nervosa, an eating disorder primarily afflicting adolescent girls and young women, seriously challenges what I label the traditional account of decision-making capacity. In light of these results, it may in addition be necessary to rethink a certain popular type of paternalistic argumentation that grounds the justification of compulsory treatment, for example of anorexic persons who refuse treatment, on a lack of decision-making capacity
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ISBN(s) 978-3-319-17959-9   3319179594   3319354736   9783319179599
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-17960-5
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