First Published in 1999, lesser collects fourteen papers to create a discourse on the practical importance in a society where the proportion of elderly people is increasing. Exploring how autonomy and how it should be defined, and ethically when is it right to preserve a person’s autonomy and in comparison is it ever ethically right to bring elderly peoples autonomy as a secondary concern is it saves them from harm?

chapter |6 pages


ByHarry Lesser

chapter 1|16 pages

The effect of ageing on autonomy

ByCaroline Dunn

chapter 2|12 pages

Personal development in old age

ByJohn Hostler

chapter 3|16 pages

Ageing and autonomy: the case for genetic enhancement

ByRuth Chadwick

chapter 5|21 pages

A mental health perspective on ageing

ByJoe Herzberg

chapter 6|28 pages

Ending lives: age, autonomy and the quality of life 1

ByGavin Fairbairn

chapter 7|17 pages

Therapy abatement

ByDavid Lamb

chapter 8|9 pages

The global distribution of health care resources

ByRobin Attfield

chapter 11|8 pages

Justifying ageism

ByOliver Leaman

chapter 12|13 pages

The felicific calculus strikes back

ByAlan Cribb

chapter 13|11 pages

Justice and the principle of triage

ByHarry Lesser