Elizabeth Barnes argues compellingly that disability is primarily a social phenomenon-a way of being a minority, a way of facing social oppression, but not a way of being inherently or intrinsically worse off. This is how disability is understood in the Disability Rights and Disability Pride movements; but there is a massive disconnect with the way disability is typically viewed within analytic philosophy. The idea that disability is not inherently bad or
sub-optimal is one that many philosophers treat with open skepticism, and sometimes even with scorn. The goal of this book is to articulate and defend a version of the view of disability that is common in the Disability Rights movement. Elizabeth Barnes argues that to be physically disabled is not to have a
defective body, but simply to have a minority body.
Elizabeth Barnes is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Virginia. She works on metaphysics, ethics, and social and feminist philosophy-and is especially interested in the places where these areas overlap.
Preface ; Introduction ; 1. Constructing Disability ; 2. Bad-difference/Mere-difference ; 3. The Value-Neutral Model ; 4. Taking Their Word for It ; 5. Causing Disability ; 6. Disability Pride