The Faces Of Intellectual Disability: Philosophical Reflections by Licia CarlsonThe Faces Of Intellectual Disability: Philosophical Reflections by Licia Carlson

The Faces Of Intellectual Disability: Philosophical Reflections

byLicia Carlson

Paperback | December 22, 2009

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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.

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.
Title:The Faces Of Intellectual Disability: Philosophical ReflectionsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:286 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.62 inPublished:December 22, 2009Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253221579

ISBN - 13:9780253221575

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Table of Contents

A Note on Terminology
Introduction: The Philosopher's Nightmare
Part 1. The Institutional World of Intellectual Disability
1. Twin Brothers: The "Idiot" and the Institution
2. Gendered Objects, Gendered Subjects
3. Analytic Interlude
Part 2. The Philosophical World of Intellectual Disability
4. The Face of Authority
5. The Face of the Beast
6. The Face of Suffering
Conclusion: The Face of the Mirror
Selected Bibliography

Editorial Reviews

"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