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Understanding dementia: a hermeneutic perspective 

Understanding dementia: a hermeneutic perspective

Guy A. M. Widdershoven

and Ineke Widdershoven-Heerding


Chapter 6 discusses a hermeneutic approach to dementia, considering the question of how strange attitudes and behaviours, which are often characteristic of persons with dementia, can be understood, distinguishing a dialogical hermeneutic approach from an objective explanatory approach on the one hand, and an interpretative subjectivist approach on the other, explaining how the hermeneutic approach leads to new ways of dealing with conflicts of values between persons with dementia and their caregivers, and argues that the hermeneutic understanding of dementia is a matter of practical wisdom or phronesis.

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