Internal WiP Seminar: Dr Kerstin Knight
Date: Wednesday, 31 October, 2.30 – 3.30
Venue: Oxford Martin School, Seminar Room 2
Title: What does it take to direct my future care? Practical legal and clinical problems concerning narratives and autonomy in advance care planning
Abstract: Advance care planning (ACP) for health care is increasingly promoted internationally. It is said to promote patient autonomy, participation in health care decision making and to provide guidance for health carers about what constitutes good individualized care.
This paper examines some of the ethical foundations of these claims with particular reference to identity and autonomy concerns in the setting of cognitive decline. It suggests that even the most promising conceptual solutions to the ethical problems of ACP will likely lead to significant problems in medical and legal practice and thus give rise to scepticism about whether it is at all possible to develop a coherent philosophical foundation for ACP that is practically viable.
Speaker: Dr Kerstin Knight is a sessional staff member in the philosophy departments of the University of Melbourne and Monash University. Her particular interests are in applied ethics and metaphysics. She is also a practicing medical practitioner in Australia and has focused her PhD research on the conceptual integrity of the philosophical foundations for advance care planning
Booking: not required.