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.] ____________________________________________________ […]

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that (most of the) claims advanced in the sub-field of mainstream bioethics and even feminist bioethics rely upon an outdated conception of power that manifests in ideas about “choice,” “informed consent,” and “autonomy.”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 […]

Reviews of Foucault and Feminist Philosophy of Disability

In the past week, two very positive reviews of Foucault and Feminist Philosophy of Disability have appeared (well, if they appeared before last week, I was unaware that they had been published). I was happy to read that, for the most part, the two reviews focus on and draw out disparate aspects of the book. […]

Dialogues on Disability: Shelley Tremain Interviews Alison Reiheld

Hello, I’m Shelley Tremain and I’d like to welcome you to the fifty-fourth installment of Dialogues on Disability, the series of interviews that I’m 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 about […]

Disability is Social, Political, and Linked to Epistemic Injustice: An Academic Exploration and Personal Reflection (Guest Post)

Guest Post By David, Incarcerated at Tomoka Correctional Institution in Daytona Beach, FL   “[T]he risks associated with disability are widely understood to be merely or mostly biological, rather than, as I understand it, significantly social and political” (Hall 2016, 10). This quote lays the foundation for the argument I would like to raise about […]

Dialogues on Disability on Wednesday, September 18th, at 8 a.m. 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 “The Dialogues on Disability platform … has been very helpful to me, especially at times where I did not feel I belong in the world of […]

Commemorating Foucault I: Symposium on Hall’s The Bioethics of Enhancement

Michel Foucault died unexpectedly 35 years ago today. To honour Foucault’s memory and the rich body of work that he bequeathed to us, I am reposting two symposiums that were previously posted at Discrimination and Disadvantage: a symposium on my Foucault and Feminist Philosophy of Disability that took place at the annual meeting of CSWIP […]

More On How Bioethics Fosters Homogeneity in Philosophy and Society in General

It would be difficult to overestimate the constraining effects that the PhilPapers database generates for the development of critical philosophical work on disability. Nor could one overstate the deleterious consequences that accrue to disabled philosophers due to the structure of a spinoff of PhilPapers, namely, PhilJobs, the leading job board in philosophy whose architecture mirrors […]