Chapter 1. Introduction: Rethinking Philosophical Presumptions in Light of Cognitive Disability

  1. Eva Feder Kittay Distinguished Professor senior fellow1 and
  2. Licia Carlson Ph.D. assistant professor2
  1. Licia Carlson Ph.D. assistant professor2 and
  2. Eva Feder Kittay Distinguished Professor senior fellow1

Published Online: 18 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444322781.ch1

Cognitive Disability and Its Challenge to Moral Philosophy

Cognitive Disability and Its Challenge to Moral Philosophy

How to Cite

Carlson, L. and Kittay, E. F. (2010) Introduction: Rethinking Philosophical Presumptions in Light of Cognitive Disability, in Cognitive Disability and Its Challenge to Moral Philosophy (eds E. F. Kittay and L. Carlson), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444322781.ch1

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Stony Brook University/SUNY, USA

  2. 2

    Providence College, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Stony Brook University/SUNY, USA

  2. 2

    Providence College, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 14 MAY 2010

Book Series:

  1. Metaphilosophy Series in Philosophy

Book Series Editors:

  1. Armen T. Marsoobian,
  2. Brian J. Huschle and
  3. Eric Cavallero

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405198288

Online ISBN: 9781444322781

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Keywords:

  • rethinking philosophical presumptions - in light of cognitive disability;
  • philosophy and cognitive disability;
  • people with cognitive disability - those with diminished capacity for rational deliberation;
  • philosophical questions about cognitive disability - philosophers and ethical problems;
  • new philosophical questions, against backdrop of “the social model of disability”;
  • medical approach to intellectual disability - limitations of perspective;
  • Martha Nussbaum's work Frontiers of Justice;
  • people with cognitive disabilities - dependent on others for caring for themselves;
  • contextualizing cognitive disability - specific conditions, autism and “mental retardation”;
  • concrete reality of cognitive disability - place in the human family

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Why Philosophy and Cognitive Disability?

  • Historical Overview

  • Discussion of Themes and the Chapters

  • Concluding Remarks

  • References