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Antinomies of Autonomy: German Idealism and English Mental Health Law

Martin, W (2013) 'Antinomies of Autonomy: German Idealism and English Mental Health Law.' Internationales Jahrbuch des Deutschen Idealismus/International Yearbook of German Idealism, 9 (2011). pp. 191-213. ISSN 1613-0472


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The current state of mental health law in England and Wales exhibits a set of systematic antinomies. This should not be seen as a flaw of the legislation; the antinomies in law reflect an underlying antinomial structure at work where the vocations of care are practiced and regulated in a broadly liberal legal environment. The aim of this paper is to identify these antinomial structures and to deploy resources from the post-Kantian idealist tradition to diagnose them and to consider how they might be managed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: autonomy; paternalism; medical ethics; decision-making capacity; distributed capacity; Kerrie Wooltorton; Mental Capacity Act
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities
Faculty of Humanities > Philosophy and Art History, School of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2013 13:56
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:26

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