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Cognitive Disability and Its Challenge to Moral Philosophy [Paperback]

by Eva Feder Kittay, Licia Carlson
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June 1, 2010 1405198281 978-1405198288 1
Through a series of essays contributed by clinicians, medical historians, and prominent moral philosophers, Cognitive Disability and Its Challenge to Moral Philosophy addresses the ethical, bio-ethical, epistemological, historical, and meta-philosophical questions raised by cognitive disability
  • Features essays by a prominent clinicians and medical historians of cognitive disability, and prominent contemporary philosophers such as Ian Hacking, Martha Nussbaum, and Peter Singer
  • Represents the first collection that brings together philosophical discussions of Alzheimer's disease, intellectual/developmental disabilities, and autism under the rubric of cognitive disability
  • Offers insights into categories like Alzheimer's, mental retardation, and autism, as well as issues such as care, personhood, justice, agency, and responsibility

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"Contemporary moral philosophers, clinicians, and medical historians discuss ethical questions related to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism, and Alzheimer's disease, and look at how cognitive disability forces us to reexamine the concept of personhood." (Book News, September 2010)

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We have been taught that all humans share intrinsic qualities that lend them a common dignity. Philosophers conceive of a certain level of cognitive capacity as the very mark of humanity, and extend the mantle of equal moral fellowship to these "persons." But what of individuals with diminished cognitive abilities? Cognitive disability poses significant challenges to these fundamental philosophical concepts, prompting a variety of difficult questions. Should those with cognitive disabilities be excluded from the protections and responsibilities we routinely assign to "persons"? Are we forced to reconsider the very concept "personhood"? How should the interests of people with cognitive disabilities and their caregivers be represented politically? Who is responsible for guaranteeing their care? And to what extent ought they be granted autonomy? 
 
Cognitive Disability and Its Challenge to Moral Philosophy addresses these concerns in a series of thought-provoking essays contributed by some of the most prominent moral philosophers of our time, as well as clinicians and medical historians. Collectively, the essays represent an important milestone in contemporary thinking about ethical considerations relating to people with cognitive disabilities.

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  • Paperback: 442 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405198281
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405198288
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,153,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Interdisciplinary work at its best April 4, 2011
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This volume represents the difficult task of philosophy "on the ground" at its very best. There are few problems as complex and pressing in today's world as those surrounding cognitive disability, which touch upon the domains of science, politics, morality, and even the nature of personhood. Recognizing the need to bring together a diversity of views to approach the subject, this book collects together essays based on work presented by a dazzling array of world class scholars at a conference on cognitive disability and moral philosophy. These essays represent as wide a variety of disciplines (historians, philosophers, psychiatrists and others are all represented) as they do philosophical commitments (just look at the contributors to Part 6!). Both the students seeking to get a lay of the land and a scholar looking for the latest work on these questions will find this work invaluable.
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