Countdown to Philosophy, Disability and Social Change 3 (#PhiDisSocCh3), Zoom/Online, Dec. 6-9, 2022!

Here at BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY we are very happy because Philosophy, Disability and Social Change 3 – #PhiDisSocCh3 – is only a little over a week away! Philosophy, Disability and Social Change 3 (#PhiDisSocCh3) will take place December 6-8, 13:00-18:20 GMT/8:00-13:20 EST/5-10:20 PST and Dec. 9 13:00-19:00 GMT/8:00-14:00 EST/5:00-11:00 PST exclusively online. The conference, which is […]

Beautyism as Ableist Eugenics… and the Mystique of “Choice Feminism” 

Introduction I recently came across this article on Vice.com asking filmmakers to “stop making hot actors play normal people.” The author indicts filmmakers for casting too few “normal” people. I think that this is a much-needed critique, but it lacks philosophical nuance, which I intend to provide here. My analysis will explore the harms of mainstream beauty […]

About the Ableism That Conditions Your Criticisms of Zoom (Again)

I’ve reposted (from June 2022) this explanation of how ableism undergirds the veneration and continued production of in-person-only philosophy conferences and workshops because I increasingly see notices and announcements about them in philosophical venues. For my part, I have made the decision to not promote in-person-only conferences on BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY. That is why you see […]

Preliminary Program for Philosophy, Disability, and Social Change 3 (#PhiDisSocCh3), Zoom/Online, Dec. 6-9, 2022

Below you will find the preliminary program for the amazing Philosophy, Disability, and Social Change 3 (#PhiDisSocCh3) conference that takes place December 6-8, 13:00-18:20 GMT/8:00-13:20 EST/5-10:20 PST and Dec. 9 13:00-19:00 GMT/8:00-14:00 EST/5:00-11:00 PST. Registration and additional information for this pathbreaking conference will be made available soon! The schedule below (and henceforth) is in GMT. […]

Nursing Home Incarceration and the Fate of One Canadian Philosopher

Throughout the pandemic, I have written a number of posts on BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY (e.g. here, here here, here, here) and more formal publications about the horrors of nursing homes in Canada and abroad and the ageism and ableism that the institutionalization of elders and disabled people reinforces. In “Philosophy of Disability, Conceptual Engineering, and the […]

What Can Deans Do?

Samantha Brennan is the Dean of the College of Arts at the University of Guelph. Hence, she is one of the most influential and powerful members of that university community. Brennan is also one of the most influential and powerful members of the philosophical community in Canada and, I would argue, the most influential and […]

Dialogues on Disability on Wednesday, August 17th, at 8 am EST

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 […]

Canadian Philosophers: Your Ableism is Killing Us (CW: Suicide)

If you pay some attention to Canadian philosophy Twitter, you might have gotten the impression over the last week that the most pressing issue for Canadian philosophers was the closure due to the Emancipation Day holiday on Monday of stores that sell high-quality coffee beans. If you scrolled through Twitter a bit longer, however, you […]