Liberalism and Justice for Persons with Disabilities: The Nature and Scope of the Disability Challenge

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Traditional accounts of political justice have assumed a narrow conception of the human person. These accounts often claim to deal with the ‘normal’ cases of justice before extending to meet the challenges presented by ‘special’ cases. This strategy – premised on an antiquated and descriptively inadequate understanding of the nature and scope of disability – has resulted in a general neglect of persons with disabilities and their claims of justice. In this presentation, my objective is to sketch an account of the disability challenge to social and political philosophy based on the most up-to-date model of disability.


Keywords: Models of Disability, Biopsychosocial Model of Disability, Liberalism, Justice, Persons with Disabilities
Stream: Politics, Public Policy and Law
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dimitrios (Jim) Molos

Marie Curie Post-Doctoral Fellow in Bioethics and Philosophy, Centro Di Ateneo Di Bioetica, Multidisciplinary Research Network on Health and Disability in Europe (MURINET)
Milano, Lombardy, Italy

Dimitrios (Jim) Molos is a Marie Curie Post-Doctoral Fellow in Bioethics and Philosophy working in the Multidisciplinary Research Network on Health and Disability in Europe (MURINET). His research relates to the moral and political implications of different models of disability.

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