PHIL 694: Special Topics in Contemporary Philosophy

PHIL 694-DL2: Philosophy of Disability
(Spring 2021)

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM R


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Section Information for Spring 2021

PHIL 694 - DL2: Philosophy of Disability — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM R – Online

Instructor of record: Dr. A. Peterson; co-facilitated by Dr. A. Peterson and Dr. K. Mintz

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, 61 million Americans were living with a disability in 2018, constituting the nation’s largest minority group. Yet, people with impairments confront unique barriers to participation in public life, making them the “sleeping giant” of American politics. This seminar will introduce advanced undergraduate and graduate students to contemporary ethical issues in disability rights. What is the difference between the social model and the medical model of disability? How should people with cognitive impairments make decisions in daily life? What is the relationship between disability and embodiment, and how does this relate to physical or cognitive enhancement? How should disability ethics inform public policy debates related to people with impairments? How does ableism differ from, and intersect with, other forms of political oppression? Diverse responses to these questions will be explored. The seminar will also address different forms of disability, from mobility or intellectual impairments, to neurodegenerative cognitive decline.

This seminar will be co-facilitated by Drs. Kevin Mintz and Andrew Peterson. Dr. Mintz is a postdoctoral fellow at the NIH bioethics department. He holds a PhD in political science from Stanford and has expertise in disability rights, sexuality studies, and bioethics. Andrew Peterson is an assistant professor of philosophy at George Mason University. He holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of Western Ontario and has expertise in the ethical treatment of people with severe brain injury and neurodegenerative disease. This seminar is part of an ongoing collaboration between Mason philosophy and the NIH bioethics department, where NIH faculty bring their expertise into the Mason classroom. The seminar will be held virtually in the Spring 2021 term.

For students in the Ethics and Public Affairs concentration (ETPA), this course can be used to fulfill 3 credits of the 9-credit Ethics requirement (substituting for PHIL 642, Biomedical Ethics); or it can be used as an elective.

For students in the Traditional and Contemporary Philosophy focus (TC), this course can be used to fulfill the contemporary philosophy requirement; or it can be used as an elective.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Topics vary. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 9 credits.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar

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