amentia


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amentia

[‚ā′mensh·ə]
(medicine)
Congenital subnormal intellectual development.
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We are then confronted with the following question: 'If Dhurma was an 'idiot' and/or a 'lunatic' who lacked the aptitude to reason either from birth or later in life (a sign of either amentia or dementia), how could she possibly possess the ability to 'choose' when to work and when not to?' Choice implies a degree of rational deliberation and free will.
The latter is divided into four types: amentia, dementia, insania and vesania.
No parece que exista respuesta mejor que la aplicacion del principio amentia aequivalet morti; es decir, reconocer que una enfermedad que incapacite permanentemente al papa para su oficio, una vez legitimamente declarada, tendria las mismas consecuencias que la muerte, de modo que se produciria canonicamente la situacion de sede vacante y habria que elegir a un nuevo papa (49).
Le rheteur invite a la discussion argumentee avec les intellectuels paiens et les pretres de la religion paienne, car nul ne doit etre delivre de sa folie, de sa sottise (amentia, stultitia) contre son gre (48); les chretiens sont donc invites a la << tolerantia malorum >>, qui n'est pas ce que nous appelons la tolerance, mais est une attitude de patience, qui supporte ces maux qu'elle ne peut corriger (49).
includes on the one hand the whole domain of the so-called periodic and circular insanity, on the other hand simple mania, the greater part of the morbid states termed melancholia and also a not inconsiderable number of cases of amentia." Emil Kraepelin, 1921