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The Carolina Seminar on Philosophy, Ethics and Mental Health
Wednesday, September 28, 2022
6:00 - 7:30 pm
Location: Zoom
Jennifer Hawkins, PhD

Associate Professor of Philosophy at Duke University

Our ability to look after ourselves and promote our own interests can be (and often is) undermined by mental disorder in ways not anticipated by current models of decision-making capacity.  Our standard ways of assessing capacity do not detect all the cases of incapacity they should. In this talk, I first explain the nature of this problem and argue that it deserves more attention than it has generally received. I then offer a diagnosis of the problem, i.e. I explain why I think the problem arises, and why it can seem so hard to solve. Finally, I offer an original new solution that, I argue, avoids being objectionably paternalistic.

Please contact Dan Moseley,, for registration information. These events are free and open to the public, but registration is required.