This paper is an argument for the philosophical importance of Disability Pride. While the benefits of pride movements are generally seen as emotive - they help us feel a sense of solidarity, they help us overcome shame, etc - I argue that pride also plays a crucial epistemic role. The availability of Disability Pride doesn’t just affect how we feel about disability, it affects what we can know about disability.
Elizabeth Barnes, University of Virginia, works on metaphysics, social philosophy, and feminist philosophy - and is particularly interested in the areas where these subjects interact. She's currently writing a book on disability and thinking a lot about the metaphysics of social structures. She's also the editor of Philosophy Compass. Among her many writings on a variety of ethical and metaphysical issues are the following articles focusing on the concept and evaluation of disabilities: "Valuing Disability, Causing Disability," Ethics (2014), "Disability and Adaptive Preference," Philosophical Perspectives (2009), and "Disability, Minority, and Difference," Journal of Applied Philosophy (2009). Professor Barnes' talk for the Center for Ethics and Human Values will present an argument drawn from her forthcoming book, The Minority Body (Oxford University Press).
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