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dc.contributor.advisor Wyschogrod, Edith
dc.creatorKutac, Julie Elizabeth
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-04T06:42:28Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-04T06:42:28Z
dc.date.issued 2003
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/17601
dc.description.abstract Since the latter half of the twentieth century, the number of people with Alzheimer's disease has grown to epidemic proportions. My project investigates the cognitive devastation of Alzheimer's disease from several perspectives. I first outline some medical models of Alzheimer's disease, incorporating Richard Dawkins' selfish gene theory. Next, I explore the linguistic experience of the patient. I study Arthur W. Frank's analysis of patient narratives and Elaine Scarry's theory of torture to explore the way in which Alzheimer's disease tortures the patient, stealing the patient's ability to speak and deconstructing the world of the patient. Finally, I think about the way in which Alzheimer's disease can support and challenge themes in Martin Heidegger's philosophy. In diagnosing Alzheimer's disease, the person experiences a conflation of fear and angst. I explore Heidegger's philosophy as it relates to the experience of the patient who shows no ability to function in-the-world, yet exists corporeally.
dc.format.extent 82 p.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.subjectReligion
Philosophy of Religion
Mental health
dc.title Gray matters: An interdisciplinary approach to understanding the experience of Alzheimer's disease
dc.type.genre Thesis
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thesis.degree.department Religious Studies
thesis.degree.discipline Humanities
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts
dc.identifier.citation Kutac, Julie Elizabeth. "Gray matters: An interdisciplinary approach to understanding the experience of Alzheimer's disease." (2003) Master’s Thesis, Rice University. https://hdl.handle.net/1911/17601.


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