Ethics, Aging, and Society: The Critical Turn by Martha B. Holstein PhD, Jennifer Parks PhD, Mark Waymack

By Martha B. Holstein PhD, Jennifer Parks PhD, Mark Waymack Ph.D

Ethics, getting older and Society...is the 1st significant paintings in ten years to significantly tackle concerns and methodologies in getting older and ethics...This well-organized quantity starts off theoretically and gives new methods of brooding about ethics which may deal with the complexities and realities of getting older specifically social contexts. --Choice "[T]he authors' program of feminist ethics to frail elders earrings real to either my medical event operating with frail elders, and my examine event attempting to comprehend their caliber of existence concerns...there have been precise gem stones of rules [in this booklet] that illuminated the constraints of the dominant paradigm of autonomy in bioethics. [The authors] make a compelling critique of end-of-life care." --GeriPal: A Geriatrics and Palliative Care weblog This publication provides moment new release matters in ethics, getting older, and society through offering severe results that come up whilst ethics is utilized to the sensible matters that take place in day by day elder care. the 1st quantity in over 10 years to handle ethics and gerontology, it truly is exceptional in its comprehensiveness and integration of well-developed philosophical arguments with empirical study, humanistic scholarship, and insights won from sensible adventure. This publication demanding situations the attempted and actual methods of and addressing moral concerns in getting older and opens avenues for artistic problem-solving. The authors' various backgrounds carry the benefits of either interdisciplinary scholarship and sensible adventure to this accomplished textbook. it truly is a vital source for these attracted to, and dealing with, older humans, from upper-level undergraduate scholars and graduate-division scholars, to gerontology practitioners in training.Key positive aspects: offers the 1st significant paintings in over 10 years to combine the disciplines of ethics and getting older contains case reviews derived from daily perform Addresses individual/clinical ethics in overall healthiness and long term care and moral matters raised through public coverage, cultural norms and social attitudes Examines such severe matters as Alzheimer's disorder, long term care, ageism, public coverage, anti-aging medication, elder abuse, and typical failures Explores new instructions in moral and social philosophy as they pertain to gerontology and care

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We may rightly wonder about the person who does not feel the tug of these responsibilities. While one might call it a choice to respond to these expectations, the social penalties are high if we refuse, especially if we are women (see Holstein, 1999). Yet the received view of autonomy certainly gives us the freedom to refuse to care for others. Even our chosen obligations—to our spouse, to the children we choose to bear, to our friends, to our colleagues—often demand that we do things that, given total freedom, we might not elect to do.

This view of autonomy understands individuals as concrete and not as generalized others for whom choice is not an abstractly given right, but rather a meaningful reflection on their identity. Given this understanding of actual autonomy, to respect individuals means that we “attend to their concrete individuality, to their affective and personal experiences” while also learning “how to acknowledge their habits and identifications” (Agich, 1990, p. 14). It means, to start with, that we offer not merely choice to people, but meaningful choice.

Undervalues many goods which play important roles in the moral lives of many individuals . . the question . . arises as to how long the publicly underestimated and undervalued aspects of moral life can survive without recognition and sustenance” (1991, p. 195). Yet one problem, as we shall see, is that autonomy is a relatively easy moral value to support; other moral values are more demanding and so harder to put in place in a resource-constrained environment. Thus, while we do not oppose making choices, sanction paternalistic interventions, or insist that individuals can function only within a set of commonly endorsed background conditions as many communitarian thinkers would hold, we are worried about the moral poverty that a singular emphasis on the language of autonomy suggests.

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