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Disability: Philosophical Issues

  1. Steven D Edwards

Published Online: 15 SEP 2006

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0006178



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Edwards, S. D. 2006. Disability: Philosophical Issues. eLS. .

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  1. University of Wales, Swansea, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2006


Why do we try to prevent the births of people with disabilities? According to one view, this is because of the low moral status of disabled people, and also due to adherence – tacit or explicit – to the philosophical tenets of individualism.


  • moral status;
  • person/human being distinction;
  • Harris;
  • Singer;
  • individualism