Valuing Profoundly Disabled People

Valuing Profoundly Disabled People : Fellowship, Community and Ties of Birth

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Growing numbers of human beings live with profound and multiple learning difficulties and disabilities. Exploring the moral, social and political implications of this trend, Valuing Profoundly Disabled People addresses questions that are high on policy and practice agendas in numerous regions around the world, including the UK and the EU, the USA, and Australasia. In this important work Vorhaus examines fundamental moral and social questions about profound disability, and each chapter combines a comprehensive review of existing literature with thought-provoking and original philosophical arguments. Vorhaus argues that there is a pressing need to consider the moral and political claims of people whose lives are characterised by extensive impairments, dependency and vulnerability. The book prompts readers to reflect on complex issues relating to the practices of caring, teaching and treating people with profound disabilities in contexts such as education, health care and social policy. Providing a much-needed contribution to the field, this book will be of interest to postgraduates, academics and researchers in a number of distinct and interrelated fields, including disability and impairment, human rights, philosophy, sociology, health and social policy, and education. The book will also be of great interest to practitioners and policymakers seeking to promote the aims of realising human potential and respecting more

Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 14mm | 396g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138888001
  • 9781138888005

About John Vorhaus

John Vorhaus is Professor of Moral and Educational Philosophy at University College London, Institute of Education, UK. His research focuses on the moral and political status of vulnerable groups of people, including people with disabilities and dementia. He published Giving Voice to Profound Disability in 2015 (Routledge).show more

Review quote

'Vorhaus' book affirms the importance of taking seriously the complex, embodied lives of people with profound cognitive disabilities. In exploring the meaning of dignity, respect, dependency, and citizenship, Vorhaus places disability at the center of fundamental questions about justice and the moral community. Against a philosophical backdrop that has too often marginalized and discounted people with profound disabilities, this book serves as an invitation and an exhortation to reflect upon what it means to share in a common, human life.' - Licia Carlson, Professor of Philosophy, Providence College, Providence, RI, USAshow more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements 1. Introduction 2. Our Fellow Creatures 3. Sharing in a Common Life 4. Respect and Identification 5. Human Dignity 6. Capability, Functioning and Freedom 7. Dependency 8. Citizenship: the Right to Vote 9. Our Fellow Creatures Revisited 10. Afterword Appendix: The Right to Vote: The United States and Australia Bibliography Indexshow more