The Faces Of Intellectual Disability
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The Faces Of Intellectual Disability

by Licia Carlson
     
 

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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

H-Disability

"Through her linguistic skill, Carlson renders complex ideas ascertainable.... [This] project is a sound and worthy foundation on which to build a more complete analysis in this growing area of scholarship." —H-Disability

Teachers College Record

"The Faces of Intellectual Disability illuminates exquisitely the epistemological and normative commitments and implications of various philosophical accounts. As such, it is a valuable addition to the philosophical literature on intellectual disability." —Teachers College Record

Choice

"Carlson provides a valuable, in-depth exploration of the philosophical and moral underpinnings of understanding of persons with intellectual disabilities.... This will be vital resource in a variety of disciplines.... Highly recommended." —Choice

Disability Studies Quarterly

"Licia Carlson's The Faces of Intellecual Disability breaks new ground in disability studies, bioethics, philosophy, cultural sudies, and social justice studies generally." —Disability Studies Quarterly

Social Theory and Practice

"Carlson's book is a significant addition to the welcome burgeoning of philosophical literature about disability generally and intellectual disability specifically." —Social Theory and Practice

Hilde Lindemann

"Will have a significant impact on philosophical bioethics." —Hilde Lindemann, Michigan State University

Lisa Diedrich

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

D. J. Winchester

Carlson (philosophy, Providence College) provides a valuable, in-depth exploration of the philosophical and moral underpinnings of understanding of persons with intellectual disabilities. She surveys historical perspectives over time, looking at how people with intellectual disabilities became increasingly marginalized in society and at how perception of this segment of society as 'other' resulted in the creation of the asylum and later the institution for the 'feeble-minded.' Within the confines of these institutions, residents were often treated as 'pets,' a conceit that is evident in current ethics discourse and debates surrounding animal rights and speciesism. Using the deconstructionist analysis pioneered by Michel Foucault, Carlson provides effective countervailing arguments against such ethicists as Peter Singer, who assume an equivalence between severely cognitively impaired infants and nonhuman animals, using potentialities as the criterion. Carlson argues that the complexities of human nature should be acknowledged and accepted within the social community. The book is a bit pedantic, but Carlson's logic is impeccable. This will be vital resource in a variety of disciplines. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers. -- ChoiceD. J. Winchester, Yeshiva University, August 2010

Disability & Health Journal of Religion

"[P]rovides a rigorous philosophical analysis of how the outsider’s viewpoint of ID in particular (generalizable to disability as a whole) will blind, cripple, and even retard (puns intended!) theological work, and that only historical illumination and serious interaction with the perspectives of those with ID or their caretakers can help do justice to the issues at hand." —Journal of Religion, Disability & Health

From the Publisher

"Through her linguistic skill, Carlson renders complex ideas ascertainable.... [This] project is a sound and worthy foundation on which to build a more complete analysis in this growing area of scholarship." —H-Disability

"Licia Carlson's The Faces of Intellecual Disability breaks new ground in disability studies, bioethics, philosophy, cultural sudies, and social justice studies generally." —Disability Studies Quarterly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253221575
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
12/01/2009
Pages:
286
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

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.

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