Disability, Difference, Discrimination: Perspectives on Justice in Bioethics and Public Policy

Disability, Difference, Discrimination: Perspectives on Justice in Bioethics and Public Policy

by Anita Silvers, David Wasserman, Mary B. Mahowald
     
 
How should we respond to individuals with disabilities? What does it mean to be disabled, and is a disabled person necessarily less independent and less competent than a person who is not disabled? Is a life with a disability a life worth living? In this compelling book, three experts on disability issues, ethics, and the law address several pressing issues in

Overview

How should we respond to individuals with disabilities? What does it mean to be disabled, and is a disabled person necessarily less independent and less competent than a person who is not disabled? Is a life with a disability a life worth living? In this compelling book, three experts on disability issues, ethics, and the law address several pressing issues in bioethics, including the prospect of genetic discrimination, heroic treatment of seriously impaired neonates, and whether severely impaired competent individuals should be permitted or assisted to die. Anita Silvers, David Wasserman, and Mary Mahowald bring important philosophical theories to bear on subjects of concern in a wide variety of disciplines dealing with disability, and they do so in the context of the groundbreaking Americans With Disabilities Act. "Disability, Difference, Discrimination" will be of great interest to the legal, philosophical, and medical communities engaged in ongoing debates about the disabled.

Author Biography: Anita Silvers is professor of philosophy at San Francisco State University. David Wasserman is a research scholar at the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, University of Maryland. Mary B. Mahowald is professor at the Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago. Lawrence C. Becker is the William R. Kenan, Jr. professor in the humanities (philosophy) at The College of William and Mary.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
Three philosophers and a physician address the impact of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act on what we think, personally and socially, about disability. The essays take differing positions on how justice for people with disabilities may be secured while addressing the ways in which the law has altered philosophical assumptions about people with disabilities. Themes include dependence, independence, and interdependence; normalcy and deviancy; fairness in allocating benefits and burdens; intrinsic or instrumental value; and Kantian concerns for human dignity and utilitarian concerns for aggregate welfare. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Ethics
This is an excellent collection of essays on a topic relatively negleted by social ethicists.
Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy
Breaks open the door that has kept out concerns of disability from the discipline of philosophy. The major importance of this volume lies in the questions its essays raise—in the forceful, insightful, and provocative issues they present, and in their clear demonstration that these questions belong at the center of philosophical inquiry.
Social Theory and Practice
What the authors of Disability, Difference, Discrimination have given me is not only the theoretical tools to explain to myself what is wrong about this state of affairs, but also many practical suggestions for helping me be less of an 'ableist.' I am confident that it has similar gifts to offer any reader, with or without disabilities. This is a book worth re-reading in a society that routinely produces books not worth reading at all.
— Rosemarie Tong, Center for Professional and Applied Ethics, Department of Philosophy, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy
Breaks open the door that has kept out concerns of disability from the discipline of philosophy. The major importance of this volume lies in the questions its essays raise—in the forceful, insightful, and provocative issues they present, and in their clear demonstration that these questions belong at the center of philosophical inquiry.
Social Theory and Practice - Rosemarie Tong
What the authors of Disability, Difference, Discrimination have given me is not only the theoretical tools to explain to myself what is wrong about this state of affairs, but also many practical suggestions for helping me be less of an 'ableist.' I am confident that it has similar gifts to offer any reader, with or without disabilities. This is a book worth re-reading in a society that routinely produces books not worth reading at all.
Ethics: An International Journal of Social
This is an excellent collection of essays on a topic relatively negleted by social ethicists.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847692224
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Series:
Point/Counterpoint: Philosophers Debate Contemporary Issues Series
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.22(h) x 1.01(d)

Meet the Author

Anita Silvers is professor of philosophy at San Francisco State University. David Wasserman is a research scholar at the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, University of Maryland. Mary B. Mahowald is professor at the Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago. Lawrence C. Becker is the William R. Kenan, Jr. professor in the humanities (philosophy) at The College of William and Mary.

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