Yesterday I gave a talk on Filosofidagarna in Uppsala. Here are the slides, and below are the references. I have also written a paper on the same topic: The impossibility of reliably determining the authenticity of desires: implications for informed consent, forthcoming in Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy (doi:10.1007/s11019-017-9783-0).

Banner, N. F., & Szmukler, G. (2013). ‘Radical Interpretation’ and the Assessment of Decision-Making Capacity. Journal of Applied Philosophy, 30(4), 379–394.

Bell, J., & Ho, A. (2011). Authenticity as a Necessary Condition for Voluntary Choice: A Case Study in Cancer Clinical Trial Participation. The American Journal of Bioethics, 11(8), 33–35.

Buchanan, A. E., & Brock, D. W. (1990). Deciding for Others: The Ethics of Surrogate Decision Making: Cambridge University Press.

Charland, L. C. (2001). Mental competence and value: The problem of normativity in the assessment of decision‐making capacity. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 8(2), 135–145.

Christman, J. (2009). The Politics of Persons: Individual Autonomy and Socio-historical Selves: Cambridge University Press.

DeGrazia, D. (2005). Human Identity and Bioethics: Cambridge University Press.

Dworkin, G. (1988). The Theory and Practice of Autonomy: Cambridge University Press.

Elster, J. (1983). Sour Grapes: Studies in the Subversion of Rationality: Cambridge University Press.

Faden, R., & Beauchamp, T. (1986). A History and Theory of Informed Consent: Oxford University Press.

Frankfurt, H. (1971). Freedom of the Will and the Concept of a Person. The Journal of Philosophy, 68(1), 5–20.

Freedman, B. (1981). Competence, Marginal and Otherwise: Concepts and Ethics. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 4(1–2), 53–72.

Juth, N. (2005). Genetic Information – Values and Rights. The Morality of Presymptomatic Genetic Testing: Acta Universitatis Gothoburgensis.

Meyers, D. T. (2001). Authenticity for Real People. In B. Elevitch (Ed.), Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy: Philosophy of Mind and Philosophy of Psychology (pp. 195–202): Philosophy Documentation Center.

Meyers, D. T. (2005). Decentralizing Autonomy: Five Faces of Selfhood. In J. Christman & J. Anderson (Eds.), Autonomy and the Challenges to Liberalism (pp. 27–55): Cambridge University Press.

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O’Shea, T. (2011). Consent in History, Theory and Practice Essex Autonomy Project Green Paper Report: University of Essex: Essex Autonomy Project.

Sjöstrand, M., & Juth, N. (2014). Authenticity and psychiatric disorder: does autonomy of personal preferences matter? Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, 17(1), 115–122.

Tan, D. J. O. A., Hope, P. T., Stewart, D. A., & Fitzpatrick, P. R. (2006a). Competence to make treatment decisions in anorexia nervosa: thinking processes and values.   Retrieved from

Tan, D. J. O. A., Hope, P. T., Stewart, D. A., & Fitzpatrick, P. R. (2006b). Competence to make treatment decisions in anorexia nervosa: thinking processes and values. Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology : PPP, 13(4), 267–282.

Velleman, D. J. (2002). Identification and Identity. In S. Buss & L. Overton (Eds.), Contours of Agency: Essays on Themes from Harry Frankfurt (pp. 91–123): The MIT Press.

Winnicott, D. W. (2007). Ego Distortion in Terms of True and False Self The Maturational Process and the Facilitating Environment: Studies in the Theory of Emotional Development (pp. 140–154): Karnac Books.