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5. Dezember 2018, Bochum

Workshop and lecture on decision-making capacity by Louis C. Charland

Date: Wednesday December 5, 2018
Location: Ruhr University Bochum On December 5, Louis C. Charland will give a workshop at the Institute for Medical Ethics and History of Medicine and a lecture at the LWL University Hospital of the Ruhr University Bochum.

Louis Charland is Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario and he is author of the Stanford Encyclopedia article on decision-making capacity. Abstracts can be found below. Attendance is free.

Registration for the lecture is not required. To register for the workshop, please send a short message to salus(at) . These events are organized by the BMBF research group SALUS (

The SALUS group is sponsored by the German Ministry of Education and Research. Workshop: Decision-Making Capacity and Informed Consent: A Role for Emotions Wednesday December 5, 2018 10-12 am

Theories of informed consent, and in particular the element of decision-making capacity in informed consent, tend to be framed in cognitive terms. When emotions are considered, they are only recognized in terms of their negative contribution to consent and capacity: how they interfere, compromise, or impair consent. However, this negative portrayal of emotions as 'enemies of reason' and impairments of cognition can be argued to be clinically inaccurate as emotions also figure positively in human decision-making and deliberation. What positive role then could emotions play in consent and could emotion even be necessary for valid consent?

Institute for Medical Ethics and History of Medicine Ruhr University Bochum Markstraße 258a, 44799 Bochum Seminar room on the 7th floor Lecture: Loss of Control and Addiction Wednesday December 5, 2018 4-5.30 pm

Loss of control is a defining feature of many leading contemporary theories of addiction. However, on close analysis, the concept proves to be very elusive. Few clinical scientists seem to openly admit that loss of control occurs outside of episodes of intoxication and withdrawal, and to date clinical research on the topic has been virtually nil.

On their side, philosophers and social critics often deny that there is ever any true or final loss of control in addiction, arguing it is ultimately a 'choice'. What role then is there for the concept of loss of control in addiction beyond intoxication and withdrawal? Research on the role of decision-making capacity in informed consent offers some interesting suggestions how to approach this question.

Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Preventive Medicine LWL University Hospital, Ruhr University Bochum Alexandrinenstraße 1-3, 44791 Bochum Conference room 3