Language and Social Construction

Signs and languages are very useful tools for social coordination and thus play a central role in most, if not all, social practices, but I doubt they are actually necessary to achieve meaningful social interaction (i.e., interactions that generate normative expectations, and not just patterns of actions and re-actions). Consider the fashionable example of hostile […]

Disability and Technology? No, Disability as Technology

Philosophy of disability is a relatively recent area of philosophical inquiry that has emerged in part as a critical response to the homogeneous and exclusionary character of philosophy, that is, insofar as the dominant tradition of Northern philosophy comprises the values, perspectives, beliefs, and experiences of nondisabled, white, European, cisgender men almost exclusively. Just as […]

MAiD in Canada and How To Educate Yourselves About It

At the end of the month, I will speak to the Carnegie Mellon/Pitt M.A.P group about MAiD (euthanasia/medically assisted suicide). My presentation will address (among other things): the role of bioethicists in the production of an eugenic culture in philosophy in general and in Canadian philosophy in particular, drawing out the connections between the current […]

Happy New Year and a Surprise About the Bloomsbury Collection!

Happy New Year. In several months, The Bloomsbury Guide to Philosophy of Disability, which I have edited and anthologized, will be released. I am tremendously pleased with the collection which comprises twenty-six bold chapters. The book promises to be a significant intervention in philosophy. To give you some idea of what to expect later this […]

New Issue of Krisis: The Care Dossier I

New Issue Krisis: The Care Dossier I The latest issue of Krisis, a journal for contemporary philosophy, is now online. This issue includes the  first installment of a two-part “Care Dossier,” which explores the various forms that ‘care’ can take beyond dyadic, personal relationships of dependency. All articles are open-access and can be found at www.krisis.eu Table […]

Some of Our Favourite BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY Posts From 2022

At BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY, we are pleased with everything that we post. But here are some of our favourite posts from 2022. Please search the blog’s archives for additional interventions, Dialogues on Disability interviews, exploratory essays, and more! January Dialogues on Disability: Shelley Tremain Interviews Adrian Ekizian Barton (Shelley) Special Issue on Indigeneity and Disability (Shelley) Academic Gatekeeping […]

Elia Nathan Bravo on Witches and Empty Concepts

Elia Nathan Bravo did not believe in witches, not in the classical European sense of  a “sorceress with the power to cast curses thanks to a fidelity pact with the devil.” (Nathan Bravo 2002: 122)  Even more, she was certain that there were no witches, at least as certain as we are that there are […]

Dialogues on Disability on Wednesday, December 21, 2022, at 8 a.m. ET

I have read almost all of your interviews and they are always wonderful. …  I am really looking forward to the next installment of Dialogues on Disability.” — Adrian Piper “I’ve learned so much from Shelley Lynn Tremain’s Dialogues on Disability through the years (and found out about so much exciting work being done by disabled […]

Feedback on Philosophy, Disability, and Social Change 3 #PhiDisSocCh3

As readers and listeners of BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY will know, from Tuesday to Friday of last week, the third edition of Philosophy, Disability and Social Change — Philosophy, Disability and Social Change 3 #PhiDisSocCh3 — took place online. The conference was a huge success with radical, innovative, insightful, and provocative presentations and discussions over the course […]

Hirji and the Naturalization of Oppression

Features of the methodology of analytic philosophy that, according to Tina Fernandes Botts, render it inadequate for work in critical philosophical work on race and racism can likewise be recognized in analytic philosophy of disability. My argument is that these features of analytic philosophy render it inadequate for the articulation of a conception of disability […]