Philosophy and Medicine

Philosophical Reflections on Disability

Editors: Ralston, D. Christopher, Ho, Justin (Eds.)

  • Written by prominent scholars in the philosophy of medicine, disability studies, moral theory, and bioethics
  • Serves as an ideal resource for adoption as a textbook (either primary or secondary) for courses in contemporary moral controversies, social and political philosophy, disability studies, and biomedical ethics
  • Features a broad range of contributors and themes as well as a balanced presentation of competing perspectives
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About this book

This project draws together the diverse strands of the debate regarding disability in a way never before combined in a single volume. After providing a representative sampling of competing philosophical approaches to the conceptualization of disability as such, the volume goes on to address such themes as the complex interplay between disability and quality of life, questions of social justice as it relates to disability, and the personal dimensions of the disability experience.

By explicitly locating the discussion of various applied ethical questions within the broader theoretical context of how disability is best conceptualized, the volume seeks to bridge the gap between abstract philosophical musings about the nature of disease, illness and disability found in much of the philosophy of medicine literature, on the one hand, and the comparatively concrete but less philosophical discourse frequently encountered in much of the disability studies literature. It also critically examines various claims advanced by disability advocates, as well as those of their critics.

In bringing together leading scholars in the fields of moral theory, bioethics, and disability studies, this volume makes a unique contribution to the scholarly literature, while also offering a valuable resource to instructors and students interested in a text that critically examines and assesses various approaches to some of the most vexing problems in contemporary social and political philosophy.

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“The volume at hand, edited by D. Christopher Ralston and Justin Ho … draws together some of the leading figures in medical ethics and bioethics. It seeks to offer a sample of competing theoretical and philosophical approaches to the conceptualization of disability by different scholars including Christopher Boorse, Anita Silvers, H. Tristam Engelhardt Jr, and Ron Amundson. … it is a worthwhile addition to the flourishing literature in the philosophy of disability and an invaluable read for all those interested in philosophical issues around disability.” (Franziska Felder, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Vol. 14, 2011)

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Introduction: Philosophical Reflections on Disability

    Ralston, D. Christopher (et al.)

    Pages 1-16

  • An Essay on Modeling: The Social Model of Disability

    Silvers, Anita

    Pages 19-36

  • Ability, Competence and Qualification: Fundamental Concepts in the Philosophy of Disability

    Nordenfelt, Lennart

    Pages 37-54

  • Disability and Medical Theory

    Boorse, Christopher

    Pages 55-88

  • Utilitarianism, Disability, and Society

    Tännsjö, Torbjörn

    Pages 91-108

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  • ISBN 978-94-007-0521-0
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Philosophical Reflections on Disability
Editors
  • D. Christopher Ralston
  • Justin Ho
Series Title
Philosophy and Medicine
Series Volume
104
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-2477-0
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-2477-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-2476-3
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-0521-0
Series ISSN
0376-7418
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 264
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