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Intellectual Disability. Ethics, Dehumanization, and a New Moral Community. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 3984059
  • Book
  • April 2013
  • 248 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd

Intellectual Disability: Ethics, Dehumanization, and a New Moral Community presents an interdisciplinary exploration of the roots and evolution of the dehumanization of people with intellectual disabilities.

  • Examines the roots of disability ethics from a psychological, philosophical, and educational perspective
  • Presents a coherent, sustained moral perspective in examining the historical dehumanization of people with diminished cognitive abilities
  • Includes a series of narratives and case descriptions to illustrate arguments
  • Reveals the importance of an interdisciplinary understanding of the social construction of intellectual disability
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Acknowledgements vii

Prologue:Why Study Disability? ix

Part I The Roots of Dehumanization 1

1 Intellectual Disability: History and Evolution of Definitions 3

2 The Social Construction of Purgatory: Ideas and Institutions 19

3 A Failure of Intelligence 37

4 The Consequences of Reason: Moral Philosophy and Intelligence 53

Part II Out of the Darkness 77

5 Defining the Person: The Moral and Social Consequences of Philosophies of Selfhood 79

6 Alternative Views of Moral Engagement: Relationality and Rationality 95

7 Culture and Intellectual Disability 116

Part III Disability Ethics for a New Age 131

8 Quality of Life and Perception of Self 133

9 Application and Best Practices: Rights, Education, and Ethics 151

10 Epilogue: Visions of the Future 170

References 177

Name Index 215

Subject Index 225

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Heather Keith Green Mountain College, USA.

Kenneth D. Keith University of San Diego, USA.
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