CFP: ‘Philosophy of Disability: Unflinching Approaches to Ways of Living’

Philosophy of Disability: Unflinching Approaches to Ways of Living

The most common area of intersection between philosophy and disability studies has been in the field of ethics. This anthology takes a broader approach by seeking to examine both the meanings of disability and the ways in which disability shapes and informs meaningful lives. A guiding consideration for this text is that disability ought not be conceived merely as something to manage or cope with or heroically overcome for the edification of the non-disabled. Instead, contributions should focus on how disability fundamentally challenges us to think anew about topics such as:

  • history and progress
  • power, politics, justice, and law
  • social pressure and activism
  • community and collective planning and design
  • embodiment, phenomenology, modality, and spatiality
  • positive adaptation to chronic pain, loss, and aging
  • sexuality and family
  • disability in art and public discourse
  • professional research methods and questions
  • new technologies and testing
  • intersections with other issues, such as inequality, race, and class
  • mental, physical, and social health
  • aspirational ideals and visions of the future

Submissions from all philosophical traditions are encouraged and will be subject to peer review. Full consideration will be given to abstracts (500-700 words) submitted before 15th May 2014. These will be used to formulate an anthology proposal to an academic press during summer 2014. Authors should also be aware that every effort will be made, with their help, to make the entire collection genuinely accessible. Questions and proposals should be submitted directly to

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