Philosophical And Ethical Problems In Mental Handicap

Hardcover | September 15, 2000

byP. Byrne

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This book examines a range of important conceptual, ethical, social, and religious issues arising from mental handicap. It contains a vigorous defense of the contention that mentally handicapped human beings are persons. It attacks both the contemporary philosophical attempts to dismiss the personhood of mentally handicapped people and the genocidal policies which those attempts suggest. It explores the logic of the attitudes which have lead to the marginalization and oppression of the mentally handicapped.

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This book examines a range of important conceptual, ethical, social, and religious issues arising from mental handicap. It contains a vigorous defense of the contention that mentally handicapped human beings are persons. It attacks both the contemporary philosophical attempts to dismiss the personhood of mentally handicapped people and...

Peter Byrne is a lecturer teaching Ethics and Philosophy at King’s College, London.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:191 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0 inPublished:September 15, 2000Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0312234600

ISBN - 13:9780312234607

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Table of Contents

Preface * The Philosophical Problem * Defining Mental Handicap * The Moral Status of the Cognitive Disabled * Euthanasia, Abortion and Genocide * Cognitive Disability and Oppression * Theological and Religious Issues