Disability: Philosophical Issues


Why do we try to prevent the births of people with disabilities? According to one view, this is because of the low moral status of disabled people, and also due to adherence – tacit or explicit – to the philosophical tenets of individualism.

Keywords: moral status; person/human being distinction; Harris; Singer; individualism


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Edwards, Steven D(Sep 2006) Disability: Philosophical Issues. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0006178]