Advance Reviews of The Bloomsbury Guide to Philosophy of Disability (expected date of publication, June 2023)

Dear Readers/Listeners of BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY,

As we head into the home stretch for the publication of The Bloomsbury Guide to Philosophy of Disability, I would like to share with you advance reviews of the book in order to increase your anticipation for this crucial volume. The expected date of publication is June 2023; in other words, you will have plenty of time to prepare your Fall 2023 courses around the chapters of the book. Consider this unconditional reviewer praise about the book:

“This is an exceptional volume that offers a comprehensive, accessible, and trailblazing overview of philosophy of disability, thereby establishing philosophy of disability as a distinct philosophical research program and mode of philosophical practice. The volume is an excellent introduction to philosophy of disability and represents the state of the art in this field. The contributions are carefully chosen and arranged to not only showcase cutting-edge research in philosophy of disability but also make explicit and challenge ostensibly objective assumptions and practices of mainstream philosophy which contribute to the naturalization and medicalization of disability and the marginalization of disabled philosophers and philosophers of disability.”

“The chapters represent a wide range of perspectives and illuminate key insights offered by philosophy of disability for philosophical thought and practice. The volume offers a comprehensive overview of a new field of philosophical work, philosophy of disability, and establishes this field as a form and tradition of philosophical investigation in its own right—that is, as not relegated to applied ethics. The volume is both an excellent introduction to philosophy of disability and a collection of cutting-edge research in this area. It is invaluable as a snapshot in the genealogy of philosophy of disability. Its historicization and contextualization of the disciplinary, political, social, cultural, and epistemic conditions of emergence of philosophy of disability establish philosophy of disability as central to philosophy as a discipline.”

“All chapters are clearly and accessibly written, free of jargon, convincingly argued, and compelling in their critique of the constitution and exclusion of disability inside and outside of the discipline of philosophy. The contributions make critical, creative, and original interventions across the range of subfields of philosophy, showing that philosophy of disability is neither part of the various subfields of philosophy nor (only) a distinct subfield but a mode of practicing philosophy that draws on and contributes to all areas of philosophical inquiry.”

“I also want to highlight the demographic make-up of contributors, which brings into sharp relief who is excluded from mainstream philosophical work on disability. This collection achieves what efforts to “diversify” ought to do and look like. Instead of reproducing the standards of a discipline and academy under the guise of “neutrality,” “objectivity,” “impartiality,” and indeed “diversity,” this collection shows us how those very standards themselves function as mechanisms of exclusion for disabled philosophers and philosophers of disability.”

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