Journal article

Deep Brain Stimulation, Authenticity and Value

Jonathan Pugh, Hannah Maslen, Julian Savulescu

CAMBRIDGE QUARTERLY OF HEALTHCARE ETHICS | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2017

Abstract

Deep brain stimulation has been of considerable interest to bioethicists, in large part because of the effects that the intervention can occasionally have on central features of the recipient's personality. These effects raise questions regarding the philosophical concept of authenticity. In this article, we expand on our earlier work on the concept of authenticity in the context of deep brain stimulation by developing a diachronic, value-based account of authenticity. Our account draws on both existentialist and essentialist approaches to authenticity, and Laura Waddell Ekstrom's coherentist approach to personal autonomy. In developing our account, we respond to Sven Nyholm and Elizabeth O'..

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