Disability, Minority, and Difference

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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.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-5930.2009.00443.x

Affiliations: Elizabeth Barnes, Department of Philosophy, University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK.

Publication date: November 1, 2009

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