Feminist Philosophy of Disability: A Genealogical Intervention

Today is International Women’s Day; so, I’m happy to tell you that my article “Feminist Philosophy of Disability: A Genealogical Intervention” has now been published in The Southern Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 57, No. 1, pp. 132-158. The article draws upon my book Foucault and Feminist Philosophy of Disability and also identifies feminist philosophy of disability as an intervention into the discourse about disability, that is, the problematization (to use Foucault’s term) of disability, initiated and engaged in by Rawls, Dworkin, Sen, and other mainstream “analytic” philosophers beginning in the 1970s.

Here is the abstract for the article:

This article is a feminist intervention into the ways that disability is researched and represented in philosophy at present. Nevertheless, some of the claims that I make over the course of the article are also pertinent to the marginalization in philosophy of other areas of inquiry, including philosophy of race, feminist philosophy more broadly, indigenous philosophies, and LGBTQI philosophy. Although the discipline of philosophy largely continues to operate under the guise of neutrality, rationality, and objectivity, the institutionalized structure of the discipline implicitly and explicitly promotes certain ontologies, epistemologies, and methodologies as bona fide philosophy, while casting the ontologies, epistemologies, and methodologies of marginalized philosophies as mere simulacra of allegedly fundamental ways of knowing and doing philosophy and thus rendering these marginalized philosophies more or less expendable. This article is designed to show that legitimized philosophical discourses are vital mechanisms in the problematization of disability.

The article is here: https://doi.org/10.1111/sjp.12312

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