Philosophy, The Apparatus of Disability, and the #EugenicsSyllabus Project

In the fifth chapter of Foucault and Feminist Philosophy of Disability, I argue that bioethics is a strategy of modern eugenics. In earlier articles—such as “Reproductive Freedom, Self-Regulation, and the Government of Impairment In Utero” and “Biopower, Styles of Reasoning, and What’s Still Missing From the Stem Cell Debates”—I pointed out ways in which the […]

CFA: Philosophies of Disability and the Global Pandemic (deadline: Jul. 15, 2020)

Call for Abstracts for a special issue of International Journal of Critical Diversity Studies on the theme of Philosophies of Disability and the Global Pandemic Guest editor: Shelley Tremain, Ph.D. This notice cordially invites abstracts for a special issue of International Journal of Critical Diversity Studies (IJCDS) whose theme will be Philosophies of Disability and […]

Beyond “High-Risk”: Statement on Disability and Campus Re-openings

Accessible Campus Action Alliance  Jump to:  The Issues Beyond the “High-risk” Framework for Accommodations Best Practices for Campus Re-Openings Prioritizing Relations of Care The Issues  As scholars of disability, health equity, institutional policy and inclusion; as disabled faculty who have spent careers negotiating legal and institutional processes of accommodation; and as allies committed to uplifting […]

Open Letter on Behalf of U.K. Disabled, Chronically Ill, and Neurodivergent PhD Students Due to COVID-19

The Open Letter copied below has been circulated by philosophy Ph.D. student Zara Bain and other Ph.D students across the U.K. university system. ____________________________________________________________ An Open Letter Regarding Specific Reasonable Adjustments for Disabled, Chronically Ill and Neurodivergent PhD Students Due to COVID-19 14 May 2020 To: UKRI, UK Research Councils and Research Funding bodies, and […]

The Biopolitics of COVID-19

Learning From The Virus By Paul B. Preciado If Michel Foucault had survived AIDS in 1984 and had stayed alive until the invention of effective antiretroviral therapy, he would be ninety-three years old today. Would he have agreed to confine himself in his apartment on rue de Vaugirard in Paris? The first philosopher of history to […]

Expressions of Solidarity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Yesterday, Justin Weinberg put a post on Daily Nous that comprises a public statement entitled “COVID-19: A Statement of Academic Solidarity” initiated by Seyla Benhabib, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Judith Butler, Naomi Klein, Harold Varmus, Donna Haraway, and Nell Irvin Painter. The statement, which was the subject of an earlier article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, […]

COVID-19, Nursing Homes, and Public Philosophy

At the beginning of April, I wrote an essay (here) for BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY about COVID -19, nursing homes, and vulnerability, in which I argued that the escalating number of deaths in nursing homes was a consequence of the nature of the institutions themselves rather than due to some inherent vulnerability, that is, some property or […]

COVID-19 and Prisons (Guest Post)

COVID-19 in Our Prisons By Jennifer Lackey [Description of photo below: Jennifer sits at a desk, with hands outstretched, engaged in discussion with William Peeples, a black man with glasses and a greying beard. Cement brick walls surround them. A chalkboard appears on the left of the frame.] When I was last inside Stateville Correctional […]

From Scarcity to Abundance: Reconfiguring The Means of Production During the Pandemic

Disabled activists and philosophers have made a number of interventions on social media, blogs, podcasts, and so on with respect to the pandemic and disabled people. Most of these contributions to critical discourse about the pandemic and disability have been concerned with distribution, disability, and discrimination: who should get medical attention, who should have access […]

Structural Gaslighting, Epistemic Injustice, and Ableism in Philosophy

In the coming days and weeks, readers and listeners can expect additional posts about the pandemic and disability, including posts about nursing homes and institutionalized ableism and ageism (check out my earlier post about nursing homes here), about the ableism that conditions a recent statement on rationing from the Canadian Medical Association, and about how […]