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Intellectual Disabilities and Personal Autonomy Workshop

An invitation to attend a workshop on:

Iintellectual Disabilities and Personal Autonomy,
Thursday, 27th May, 2010, 1.00 – 5.45, Trinity Hall, Graham Storey Room, Cambridge.

This interactive workshop will look at possible threats to personal autonomy posed by different kinds of intellectual disabilities and consider ways of forestalling these threats, in light of alternative theories of autonomy.

The event is supported by the Wellcome Trust.

The event is free, however, places are limited. Please RSVP by e-mail to both organisers (see below).

This seminar will explore the concepts of vulnerability and legitimate paternalism, in the context of mental disorders, including:

    * the ways in which different disorders may make people vulnerable to exploitation by others (and how these relate to the effects of other conditions that may increase vulnerability e.g. intoxication, low self-esteem);

    * whether this increased vulnerability represents a challenge to personal autonomy; and

    * possible justifications for limiting the scope of self-determination for people deemed to be vulnerable.

For further details and RSVP, please contact:

Dr Lubomira Radoilska
Faculty of Philosophy

Dr. Elizabeth Fistein
CIDDRG, Department of Psychiatry

These events follow up a two-year series of multidisciplinary seminars and workshops on “Autonomy and Mental Health” and an international conference on this topic earlier this year. They will continue to provide a forum for constructive dialogue between academics and professionals whose work builds on these challenging concepts. Details about preceding events and related materials are available here.

For further information regarding this event please click here

Posted on 26/04/2010

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