Social Liberty and the Physically Disabled

Journal of Applied Philosophy 4 (1):29-39 (1987)
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ABSTRACT Liberal political philosophy has little of interest to say about the social liberty of the physically disabled. It accepts that the physically disabled and the able‐bodied are equally at liberty, even though the former can do far less than the latter; and it concludes that there are no interesting political statements we can make about their situation. In this essay, I assume that the physically disabled are unfree, not merely unable, to use public facilities which do not take their disability into account, thereby excluding them. I criticise liberal theories of liberty by exposing and questioning the assumptions which entail the liberal theorist's rejecting this claim. I conclude that there is a form of negative liberty which does enable the liberal theorist to make political statements about the freedom of the disabled [1].

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Four essays on liberty.Isaiah Berlin - 1969 - Oxford University Press.
Threats, Offers, Law, Opinion and Liberty.J. P. Day - 1977 - American Philosophical Quarterly 14 (4):257 - 272.
Some Recent Work on the Concept of Liberty.William A. Parent - 1974 - American Philosophical Quarterly 11 (3):149 - 167.

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