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 […]

Final CFA: Epistemic Injustice in the Aftermath of Collective Wrongdoing Workshop, University of Bern, Dec. 6-7, 2019 (deadline: Apr. 30, 2019)

Confirmed Speakers: Maria Baghramian (University College Dublin)Jennifer Lackey (Northwestern University)José Medina (Northwestern University)Gaile Pohlhaus (Miami University)Imge Oranli (Koç University)Melanie Altanian (University of Bern) I am inviting papers on the topic of epistemic injustice broadly conceived, including testimonial injustice, hermeneutical injustice and ignorance, either applied to a case study of collective wrongdoing such as crimes against humanity, […]

(How) I Ruined the APA’s Reputation Amongst Disability Studies Scholars

I think it would be safe to say that I have ruined the reputation of the American Philosophical Association (APA) in the disability studies community. I admit it. Nevertheless, I want to emphasize that doing so wasn’t a difficult thing to do. My earlier uncoordinated complaints and criticisms notwithstanding, I first publicly tarnished the APA’s […]

Signs of Blind People

If you used Google to get here and you are sighted, you might have noticed that the graphic for Google Doodle today commemorates the introduction of tenji block on railway platforms in Okayama, Japan, fifty-two years ago today. “Tenji block” is the name that Seiichi Miyake gave to the tactile paving slabs that he invented […]

Academic Ableism’s Purpose

Following on Saturday’s post about inaccessibility at Yale University, this post draws attention to the purpose that the inaccessibility of the university serves. Readers and listeners of this post might think that the previous sentence was misworded or inaptly phrased. Why would I suggest that the inaccessibility of the university serves a purpose? The sort of […]

CFP: Glasgow MAP Workshop 2019 – Us and Them: Violence, Discrimination and Minorities, University of Glasgow, Apr. 11-12, 2019 (deadline: Mar. 4, 2019)

Keynote speakers: Mona Simion, University of St. Andrews Alessandra Tanesini, Cardiff University The Minorities and Philosophy chapter of the University of Glasgow is pleased to announce its annual workshop. This year, we will focus on violence and discrimination as experienced by minorities.   Members of minorities, here broadly understood, are subjected to systematic forms of violence at the personal […]

Disability and Inaccessibility at Yale

In March of 2017, I wrote a post at Discrimination and Disadvantage about the situation for disabled students at Yale and other elite universities, drawing upon an article in Yale News that documented recommendations made in the Yale Disability Resources Task Force Report. Almost two years later, the situation for disabled students (and staff) at Yale remains grim. […]