Biopower, Normalization, and Slippery Slopes

[This post previously appeared on Discrimination and Disadvantage. In an upcoming post, I will discuss how the subfield of bioethics has shaped Canadian philosophy and how the predominance of the subfield of bioethics in Canadian philosophy is intertwined with prestige bias. An earlier post on prestige bias in Canadian philosophy can be found here.] ____________________________________________________ […]

Paper Phones and Anti-Capitalism

Have you heard of the paper phone? It works with Android via Google, and replaces your phone for the day (or longer). First, using the software, you select what elements you’d like to print from your phone. Once the sheet is printed – let’s say you decide to include the day’s weather, your primary contacts, […]

Is “The Right to Die” Racialized Biopolitics?

[This post originally appeared at Discrimination and Disadvantage. In one respect, the title of the post was redundant: biopolitics are always racialized.] _________________________________________________ My post earlier in the week drew attention to the imbrication of the sub-field of bioethics in the workings of biopower and neoliberal biopolitics. I noted how biopolitics has produced discussions in bioethics that […]

The Biopolitics of Bioethics

[This post originally appeared at Discrimination and Disadvantage.] In a chapter of my forthcoming book, I argue that (most of the) claims advanced in the sub-field of mainstream bioethics and even feminist bioethics rely upon an outdated conception of power that manifests in ideas about “choice,” “informed consent,” and “autonomy.” (Most) bioethicists assume what Foucault referred […]

Posts on Ableist Language and Discourse

Due to the interest in my recent post “Weinberg and Barnes on Ableist Language” (the top link below), I have compiled a list of links to my earlier blog posts (on BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY, Discrimination and Disadvantage, and New Apps) about disability and ableist language and disability and language in general, beginning with the most recent […]

Ageism in Philosophy*

Over the past few days, an ageist insult, “OK Boomer,” has circulated in philosophical contexts, including on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media. I haven’t written anything about ageism for a while, but hope to do so again soon, especially given the close association between and indeed mutually constitutive and reinforcing character of ableism and […]

A Canadian University and the Slave Trade

A recent article in University Affairs explains the importance and impact of a new report that identifies the ties between the history and funding of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada and the transatlantic/North American slave trade. The article, by Emily Baron Cadloff, is reprinted in entirety below. ________________________________________________________________ Dalhousie Panel Uncovers Links Between University and […]

Weinberg and Barnes on Ableist Language

Last week, Justin Weinberg put two additional posts on Daily Nous that make liberal use of ableist language. Elizabeth Barnes gave him permission to do so. In a manner of speaking. For only days before Weinberg put these ableist posts on his blog, he published an interview with Barnes in which she speaks disparagingly about […]

Do Disabled Canadians Vote?

A federal election is taking place in Canada today. All across the country, eligible voters will submit their ballots to determine the next federal government here. The months and weeks leading up to the election have been rife with controversies and scandals, including the SNC-Lavalin affair, Bill 21 in Quebec, and shocking revelations and photographs […]

Asylum, Credible Fear Tests, and Colonial Violence (Guest Post)

Guest Post* by Elena Ruíz and Ezgi Sertler Let’s start with what asylum is: an international protection mechanism that individuals seeking “refuge” from violence can use to obtain official refugee status in another country. The term we use to refer to forcibly displaced people in general – refugee – is different than the legal refugee […]