The Rights of the Severely Mentally Disabled
Webcast Q&A: Sunday, 29 May 2011, Question 1
I answered a question on the rights of the severely mentally disabled on Philosophy in Action Radio on 29 May 2011. You can listen to or download the podcast segment below – or check out the whole episode.
What rights do severely mentally disabled people have? If someone is mentally disabled to the extent that he or she will never be able to be rational and/or live independently, does that person have rights? Who should be financially responsible for the care of such people?
My Answer, In Brief: A disabled person with some capacity to reason has rights, although may require the guidance and assistance of a guardian. However, humans born without any capacity to reason (such as anencephalics) cannot be said to have rights, since rights protect a person's capacity to act on his own rational judgment.
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I'm Dr. Diana Hsieh. I'm a philosopher specializing the application of rational principles to the challenges of real life. I received my Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009. My dissertation defended moral responsibility and moral judgment against the doubts raised by Thomas Nagel's "problem of moral luck."
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