Autonomy, Well-Being, Disease, and Disability

  title={Autonomy, Well-Being, Disease, and Disability},
  author={Julian Savulescu},
  journal={Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology},
  pages={59 - 65}
Varelius seeks to redefine what constitutes mental disorder or mental illness. (I use these terms interchangeably.) “According to this account, ‘a person is mentally disordered when her psychological capacity for autonomy is diminished as compared with that of a typical member of our species of her age-group” (Varelius 2009). This is a stimulating and important paper. Varelius describes fruitfully the relationship between mental illness and autonomy, specifically the ways in which mental… CONTINUE READING


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