We Are All Somebody's Child: Disability, Speciesism, and the Problem of Dehumanization

February 25, 2021 -
3:00pm to 4:00pm

Joel Michael Reynolds, PhD
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Georgetown University

Abstract: Reynolds’ work explores the relationship between bodies, values, and society, and is especially concerned with the meaning of disability, the issue of ableism, and how philosophical inquiry into each might improve the lives of people with disabilities and the justness of institutions ranging from medicine to politics.  He is writing three books: The Life Worth Living: Disability, Pain, and the History of Morality (forthcoming with University of Minnesota Press), The Meaning of Disability (under contract with Oxford University Press), and Philosophy of Disability: An Introduction (under contract with Polity). He is the co-editor of The Disability Bioethics Reader (forthcoming with Routledge) with Christine Wieseler and of a special issue of The Hastings Center Report, “For All of Us? On the Weight of Genomic Knowledge,” with Erik Parens. The talk is part of the series, Stories for Survivability: How we Talk about Disability Ethics and Why it Matters.

Series Abstract: Even as disability has many meanings and contexts, narratives about disability are often narrow, reducing to celebrations of individual heroism or laments about lost experiences.  These reductive stories fail to do justice either to the experiences of disabled individuals or the structural conditions of their lives.  But if stories about disability can narrow our understanding, they can also expand them, creating strategies both to imagine this world and to move toward a more just one. Join us for a series of conversations about the stories we tell about disability, and how constructing new, overlapping stories helps us to imagine a more inclusive, survivable world. 

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Sponsored by the University of North Carolina – Charlotte Center for Professional and Applied Ethics

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