Stanley, The Stone, and Epistemic Humility

Jason Stanley is a nice guy. He is also an extremely influential philosopher, both within the discipline and profession of philosophy and beyond. I only wish that Jason would use that influence and, yes, power, to be a better ally to disabled philosophers. In particular, I wish that Jason would use the influence that he […]

Stop Calling Trump Disabled: Ableist Slurs and Politics

CW: ableism and slurs. This is an issue the world over, but this post is about US politics. During Trump’s time in office, ableist slurs have come up again and again. Why call him “insane”, “psychotic”, “deluded”, a “narcissist”? These are the words people reach for when they are angry and when they want to […]

Galileo, Blind, Saw Stars With His Body

The essay below appeared today on Planet of the Blind here and has been reprinted on BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY with permission. _____________________________________________________________________ Galileo, Blind, Saw Stars With His Body by Stephen Kuusisto* Yes people go blind late in life and they go on living, seeing in different ways. Sight is an immoderate thing which makes its […]

Using Phineas Gage for Questions on Personal Identity and Other Topics in Philosophy of Mind, Experimental Philosophy, Cognitive Science, etc.

Philosophers generally take disabilities (plural) and impairments to be self-evident, natural, and politically neutral human characteristics or attributes that certain people possess and embody.  In recent years, however, a growing number of philosophers have challenged this view, consolidating an area of philosophy for which I coined the name “philosophy of disability.” Many philosophers of disability, […]

CFP: Minorities and Philosophy Workshop, Brown University, Apr. 27, 2019 (deadline: Feb. 3, 2019)

We welcome submissions from graduate students for the Minorities and Philosophy Workshop to be held on April 27th, 2019 at Brown University, Providence, RI.  Keynote Speakers: Lori Gruen (Wesleyan University) and Lionel K. McPherson (Tufts University) Submissions should take the form of an anonymized 4000-word papers accompanied by a 300-word abstract. Papers should be suitable for […]

Welcome to BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY

Welcome to BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY! BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY aims to provide the philosophical community with a forum for critical analysis of biopolitical asymmetries and other mechanisms and effects of power in philosophy and beyond. The BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY insignia in the banner depicts a dandelion, suggesting life, networks, systems, and change (photo credit: James Niland). BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY will […]