Cognitive Disability and Its Challenge to Moral Philosophy by Licia Carlson

Cognitive Disability and Its Challenge to Moral Philosophy

Licia Carlson and Eva Feder Kittay
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Through a series of essays contributed by clinicians, medical historians, and prominent moral philosophers, Cognitive Disability and Its Challenge to Moral Philosophy addresses the ethical, bio-ethical, epistemological, historical, and meta-philosophical questions raised by cognitive disability.

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Through a series of essays contributed by clinicians, medical historians, and prominent moral philosophers, Cognitive Disability and Its Challenge to Moral Philosophy addresses the ethical, bio-ethical, epistemological, historical, and meta-philosophical questions raised by cognitive disability * Features essays by a prominent clinicians and medical historians of cognitive disability, and prominent contemporary philosophers such as Ian Hacking, Martha Nussbaum, and Peter Singer * Represents the first collection that brings together philosophical discussions of Alzheimer's disease, intellectual/developmental disabilities, and autism under the rubric of cognitive disability * Offers insights into categories like Alzheimer's, mental retardation, and autism, as well as issues such as care, personhood, justice, agency, and responsibility

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“Contemporary moral philosophers, clinicians, and medicalhistorians discuss ethical questions related to people withintellectual and developmental disabilities, autism, andAlzheimer's disease, and look at how cognitive disability forces usto reexamine the concept of personhood.” ( Book News,September 2010)

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Eva Feder Kittay is Professor of Philosophy, Women's StudiesAffiliate, and Senior Fellow of the Center for Medical Humanities,Bioethics and Compassionate Care at Stony Brook University, NewYork. Her published works include Love's Labor: Essays on Women,Equality, and Dependency (1998); The Blackwell Guide toFeminist Philosophy (co-edited with Linda Martin Alcoff,Blackwell, 2006); The Subject of Care: Feminist Perspectives onDependency (with Ellen K. Feder, 2003); and Metaphor: ItsCognitive Force and Linguistic Structure (1990). She is alsothe mother of a cognitively disabled woman. Licia Carlson is Assistant Professor of Philosophy atProvidence College. Her research interests include 20th-centuryFrench philosophy, ethics, feminist theory, philosophy anddisability, and the philosophy of music. She has published articleson bioethics, feminist theory, disability, and the works of MichelFoucault, and has written a book entitled The Faces ofIntellectual Disability: Philosophical Reflections.

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