The Faces of Intellectual Disability

The Faces of Intellectual Disability

Philosophical Reflections
Licia Carlson
Distribution: World
Publication date: 12/22/2009
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-22157-5
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In a challenge to current thinking about cognitive impairment, this book explores what it means to treat people with intellectual disabilities in an ethical manner. Reassessing philosophical views of intellectual disability, Licia Carlson shows how we can affirm the dignity and worth of intellectually disabled people first by ending comparisons to nonhuman animals and then by confronting our fears and discomforts. Carlson presents the complex history of ideas about cognitive disability, the treatment of intellectually disabled people, and social and cultural reactions to them. Sensitive and clearly argued, this book offers new insights on recent trends in disability studies and philosophy.

Author Bio

Licia Carlson has written numerous articles on philosophy and disability and is the co-editor of Cognitive Disability and Its Challenge to Moral Philosophy. She is an assistant professor of philosophy at Providence College.


“A bold, critical intervention into the domains of disability studies, philosophy, and bioethics.”
 — Lisa Diedrich, Stony Brook University

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Table of Contents

A Note on Terminology
Introduction: The Philosopher's Nightmare
Part 1. The Institutional World of Intellectual Disability
1. Twin Brothers: The "Idiot" and the Institution
2. Gendered Objects, Gendered Subjects
3. Analytic Interlude
Part 2. The Philosophical World of Intellectual Disability
4. The Face of Authority
5. The Face of the Beast
6. The Face of Suffering
Conclusion: The Face of the Mirror
Selected Bibliography

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