Disability, Minority, and Difference
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
Affiliations: Elizabeth Barnes, Department of Philosophy, University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK.
Publication date: November 1, 2009