The Reputation of Canadian Philosophy is in the Balance

On social media platforms all across Canada and the United States, academics, activists, lawyers, physicians, and students, have come alive to the eugenic impetus of MAiD and its latest incarnation, Bill C-7, as well as to the philosophical underpinnings of these policies. Indeed, as I have noted in previous posts on BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY, eugenics is […]

Jama and Downie on MAiD

In previous posts, I have drawn attention to the creative and important work of Sarah Jama and the Disability Justice Network of Ontario (DJNO). For instance, I alerted readers/listeners of BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY to the recent “Death By Coercion” webinar that DJNO organized to push back against the way that the perspectives and experiences of Black, […]

Letter in Opposition to Bill C-7 from Robert Wilson and Matthew Barker

In my previous post, I strongly urged members of the philosophical community in Canada and elsewhere to write letters to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs of the Canadian Government in opposition to the passage of Bill C-7, proposed legislation that would remove the “reasonably foreseeable” clause of the current MAiD legislation […]

Philosophers and Letters of Opposition to Bill C-7

During the past year, I’ve written various posts about MAiD and Bill C-7 (for example, here), including a post about a letter that I wrote and sent to the Senate Standing Committee on Constitutional and Legal Affairs in opposition to Bill C-7, proposed legislation that is currently under consideration in the Canadian Senate, having previously […]

Dialogues on Disability: Shelley Tremain Interviews Alex Bryant

Hello, I’m Shelley Tremain and I’d like to welcome you to the seventieth installment of Dialogues on Disability, the series of interviews that I am conducting with disabled philosophers and post to BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY on the third Wednesday of each month. The series is designed to provide a public venue for discussion with disabled philosophers […]

Philosophy of Disability, Conceptual Engineering, and the Nursing Home-Industrial-Complex

The writing below constitutes an excerpt of the penultimate version of my article “Philosophy of Disability, Conceptual Engineering, and the Nursing Home-Industrial-Complex,” which will appear in Philosophies of Disability and the Global Pandemic, a special issue that I’m guest editing for The International Journal of Critical Diversity Studies. The issue should be out by June […]

Some of Your Favourite BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY Posts of 2020

By popular demand, I once again present you with a list of some of BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY’s most read/listened to posts of the past year. The year was memorable in a host of heart-wrenching ways, many of which our blog captured. In 2020, you wanted more of: January: Notes on Khader’s Decolonizing Universalism and the Problematization […]

What’s Ahead for 2021 (updated)

It’s that time of the year. I won’t make any grand predictions about the disciplinary and institutional status of philosophy of disability or the professional status of disabled philosophers nor even about whether any of the many tenured philosophers who pledged to support the victimized of sexual harassment will actually do something in the coming […]

Opposition to Bill C-7 and Too Many Letters of Reference

No, this post isn’t taking on the important work done on The Philosophers’ Cocoon blog by advising philosophy job applicants about the appropriate contents of their dossier. Rather this post draws upon past interventions that I’ve made on BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY and on the earlier Discrimination and Disadvantage blog (here, here, and here) to reiterate that […]

Letter to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs of the Government of Canada in Opposition to Bill C-7

This morning, as per Catherine Frazee’s request, I submitted a letter to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs of the Canadian Government. The letter articulates my opposition to Bill C-7, which would expand access to medically-assisted suicide (“MAID”) for disabled people. Given the dearth of disabled philosophers (of disability) in Canadian philosophy, […]