chapter  8
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A (social) room with a view (to the future): advance decisions and the problem of personhood


This chapter discusses advance decisions to refuse medical treatment (hereafter ‘advance decisions’) and a specific challenge to their legitimacy that has been made based on certain conceptions of personhood. I argue that the alternative conceptions of personhood on which these challenges are based are incompatible with the democratically mandated end of the legal recognition of advance decisions.