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Disability and the Good Human Life

Part of Cambridge Disability Law and Policy Series

Simo Vehmas, Ben Curtis, Barbara Schmitz, Thomas Schramme, Tom Shakespeare, Halvor Hanish, David Wasserman, Adrienne Asch, Jerome Bickenbach, Hans S. Reinders, Anna Stubblefield, Havi Carel, Christopher A. Riddle, Franziska Felder
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  • Date Published: July 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107545830


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  • This collection of original essays, from both established scholars and newcomers, takes up a recent debate in philosophy, sociology, and disability studies on whether disability is intrinsically a harm that lowers a person's quality of life. While this is a new question in disability scholarship, it also touches on one of the oldest philosophical questions: what is the good human life? Historically, philosophers have not been interested in the topic of disability, and when they are it is usually only in relation to questions such as euthanasia, abortion, or the moral status of disabled people. Consequently disability has been either ignored by moral and political philosophers or simply equated with a bad human life, a life not worth living. This collection takes up the challenge that disability poses to basic questions of political philosophy and bioethics, among others, by focusing on fundamental issues and practical implications of the relationship between disability and the good human life.

    • Contributors are drawn from a wide range of academic backgrounds (disability studies, sociology, education, philosophy and law and health science)
    • The volume is interdisciplinary and highlights the questions concerning the good life from different philosophical standpoints
    • Represents the first collection that brings together philosophical discussions about the good human life and the issue of disability
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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107545830
    • length: 342 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Moral worth and severe intellectual disability - a hybrid view Simo Vehmas and Ben Curtis
    2. 'Something else?' - cognitive disability and the human form of life Barbara Schmitz
    3. Disability (not) as a harmful condition: the received view challenged Thomas Schramme
    4. Nasty, brutish and short? On the predicament of disability and embodiment Tom Shakespeare
    5. Recognizing disability Halvor Hanish
    6. Understanding the relationship between disability and well-being David Wasserman and Adrienne Asch
    7. Disability and the wellbeing agenda Jerome Bickenbach
    8. Disability and quality of life: an Aristotelian discussion Hans S. Reinders
    9. Living a good life…in adult-size diapers Anna Stubblefield
    10. Ill, but well: a phenomenology of wellbeing in chronic illness Havi Carel
    11. Natural diversity and justice for people with disabilities Christopher A. Riddle
    12. Inclusion and the good human life Franziska Felder.

  • Editors

    Jerome E. Bickenbach, Universität Luzern, Switzerland
    Jerome E. Bickenbach is the leader of the Disability Policy Unit and professor in the Department of Health Sciences and Health Policy at the University of Lucerne and Swiss Paraplegic Research, Nottwil, Switzerland.

    Franziska Felder, Universität Zürich
    Franziska Felder is a lecturer in education at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and a visiting scholar at University College London.

    Barbara Schmitz, Universität Basel, Switzerland
    Barbara Schmitz is an Associate Professor at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Basel, Switzerland.


    Simo Vehmas, Ben Curtis, Barbara Schmitz, Thomas Schramme, Tom Shakespeare, Halvor Hanish, David Wasserman, Adrienne Asch, Jerome Bickenbach, Hans S. Reinders, Anna Stubblefield, Havi Carel, Christopher A. Riddle, Franziska Felder

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