- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 15, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1442217073
- ISBN-13: 978-1442217072
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,226,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Philosophy of Autism
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As Anderson and Cushing note in their introduction, ‘Despite anecdotal evidence of a link between an interest in philosophy and autism, the amount of philosophical writing directly about autism is scanty indeed’. This terrific volume does much to fill this gap. It includes insightful discussions by philosophers--many with grounding in the neurosciences and some with personal connections to people on the autism ‘spectrum’—of what, exactly, autism is, what are its likely causes, how it is recognized, how it affects those who have it and the people around them, how it can be remediated—and indeed, whether it should be regarded as a ‘disorder’ to be remediated at all. I recommend this volume not only to anyone who is interested in making intellectual (or personal) sense of autism, but also to anyone interested in the broader questions of what it is to be an autonomous agent, the relation of empathy to moral evaluation, and how it is that we acquire knowledge of other minds. (Janet Levin, University of Southern California)
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Jami L. Anderson is associate professor in the Philosophy Department at the University of Michigan-Flint. Simon Cushing is associate professor in the Philosophy Department at the University of Michigan-Flint.
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A comprehensive answer to what autism is may not be found in science alone since the change of an idea may make a scientific claim invalid. It is therefore of huge interest to study the philosophy of autism in all its shapes. This book make an introduction to such kind of studies with different accounts and stimulate, through many important questions, the interest of further studies.
A question in the introduction sums up both this quest and all other quests in life where the present of something difficult to understand may arise: "Why do certain very narrow, and to the general public, minor issues dominate philosophical discussion, while issues of immediate concern to people's real lives go relatively unaddressed? (p.3)". With this question the importance of a philosophical study of autism is answered.