Insight Revisited: Relationality and Psychiatric Treatment Decision-Making Capacity

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Health Law and Policy, Law and Philosophy, Legal Theory, Philosophy, Relational theory


Relational theory has recently gained prominence in philosophy, women’s and gender studies, and bioethics. Yet it has not made substantial inroads into many areas of law and policy. Being Relational seeks to remedy this situation by bringing this powerful theoretical framework to the field of health law and policy. At the heart of relational theory lies the idea that the human self is fundamentally constituted in terms of its relations to others. For relational theorists, the self not only lives in relationship with and to others, but also owes its very existence to such relationships. In this groundbreaking collection, leading relational theorists explore the key concepts of autonomy, judgment, equality, justice, memory, identity, and conscience. In response, health policy and law scholars analyze how such considerations might be brought to bear on pressing issues such as reproduction, allocation of scarce resources, Aboriginal health, mental health, and animal experimentation. Innovative and self-reflexive, Being Relationalmakes a bold contribution to law and policy studies that will appeal to a broad range of scholars, especially those with an interest in social justice, and who seek to challenge oppression and understand the complex ways in which power is created and sustained relationally. This book will be of interest to a wide range of audiences, including scholars concerned with feminist ethics, law, political theory, and health policy; legal scholars; moral psychologists; social theorists; applied ethicists; social movement theorists; anthropologists and economists; and others concerned with social justice and the relational mechanisms of power.


From Selected Works of Sheila Wildeman.