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Stephen G. Post

Johns Hopkins University Press: Dignity for Deeply Forgetful People

Dear Friends:

Book: Dignity for Deeply Forgetful People

Here is a blog written for the Johns Hopkins Press as we kick off the May 31 publication, a date long delayed but finally arrived. Enjoy.

Three weeks ago I was in Oxford with Matthew Lee of Harvard where we facilitated a major conference on the nature and destiny of love in a confused world. We especially enjoyed some of the great Oxford minds, including old friend Keith Ward and Celia Deane-Drummond of the Laudato Si' Research Institute. Keith gave me a copy of his new book, The Priority of Mind, which is brilliant. Celia has so many fabulous books out, often at the interface of Thomistic philosophy and nature. Matt Lee and his colleagues gave a great presentation on flourishing and how love contributes to it.

Since returning from a mere four days in Oxford I feel rejuvenated. There is something about the history and excellence of the place and its people that has always impressed me. I was able to stay at Linacre College Oxford, which kindly hosted out conference and seems interested in perhaps an annual event on the themes of love and compassionate care.

I got up to Boston for the past weekend and visited some Stony Brook medical students who are doing residencies or fellowships at such places as Mass General and Boston Children's.

Dignity for Deeply Forgetful People is, if you will, love in practice and application to such a badly marginalized population. I have made them the center of my activism for over 30 years, and the earlier book (1995, The Moral Challenge of Alzheimer Disease) was designated a "medical classic of the 20th century" by the British Medical Journal.

For anyone who knows any family that has navigated the challenges of deep forgetfulness, think about giving them a copy. The paperback is very reasonable.

Last night I started teaching a course primarily to 20 medical students on disability and bioethics. It is nice to be back at it, and to enjoy collaborations with Stony Brook philosopher Eva Kittay, the leading figure in the feminist ethics of care movement, and Brooke Ellison, whose new book on her experience with quadriplegia is a masterpiece.

Here is the link to the syllabus

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Happy Memorial Day.

Stephen G. Post
Stephen G. Post, PhD, President


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