Another Update on The Bloomsbury Guide to Philosophy of Disability

Some readers/listeners of BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY have asked about the upcoming publication of The Bloomsbury Guide to Philosophy of Disability. The production process has remained roughly on schedule: the book will be out in the late Spring/early Summer. The contributions to the collection have been edited and revised. I am extremely pleased with the outcomes. I believe that the book will be provocative and pathbreaking, as well as significantly transform the perception and position of philosophy of disability within the discipline.

I hope to organize a few book launches to take place during the next year or so. If you would like to host such an (online) event for your department or philosophy organization, please get in touch with me. I would be happy to work with you to promote the contents of the book and their respective authors.

This week, I wrote the bulk of the introduction for the book, outlining some of the problems that disabled philosophers of disability confront with respect to the architecture of the discipline and profession and situating philosophy of disability as an emergent subfield of philosophy within the broader discipline, drawing on the extensive work that I have done in these areas.

I suspect that the introduction will be rather controversial to some philosophers who work on disability. For I distinguish between philosophers of disability and philosophers who write on disability but are for the most part working within the same frame of analysis as their counterparts in mainstream philosophy with whom they are effectively in conversation. I am quite satisfied and relieved with how the introduction has turned out. I had worried that I would not find a way to adequately yet briefly capture the important points about philosophy of disability vis-à-vis the discipline and profession of philosophy that need to be repeated and underscored or unraveled anew.

I may in fact read the introduction (or part thereof) at the Philosophy, Disability and Social Change 3 conference rather than the paper that I had intended to give, since most of the presentations at the conference will be derived from various chapters in the book. I was asked to speak to the M.A.P. group at Carnegie Mellon University in January and may deliver the introduction (or part) in that Zoom session too, although the students who contacted me are “avid” readers of BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY and suggested that they would welcome a presentation on my critique of MAiD and bioethics more generally.

More information to come….

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