Disability, minority, and difference

Journal of Applied Philosophy 26 (4):337-355 (2009)
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abstract In this paper I develop a characterization of disability according to which disability is in no way a sub-optimal feature. I argue, however, that this conception of disability is compatible with the idea that having a disability is, at least in a restricted sense, a harm. I then go on to argue that construing disability in this way avoids many of the common objections levelled at accounts which claim that disability is not a negative feature.



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Elizabeth Barnes
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