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dc.contributor.authorShepherd, Joshua
dc.date.accessioned2022-06-10T04:48:16Z
dc.date.available2022-06-10T04:48:16Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.date.submitted2022-06-09T12:04:46Z
dc.identifierhttps://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/56695
dc.identifier.urihttps://directory.doabooks.org/handle/20.500.12854/84062
dc.description.abstractThis chapter argues for a normative distinction between disabilities that are inherently negative with respect to wellbeing and disabilities that are inherently neutral with respect to wellbeing. First, after clarifying terms I discuss recent arguments according to which possession of a disability is inherently neutral with respect to wellbeing. I note that though these arguments are compelling, they are only intended to cover certain disabilities, and in fact there exists a broad class regarding which they do not apply. In section three I discuss two such problem cases: Locked-in Syndrome and the Minimally Conscious State. In section four I explain why these are cases in which possession of the disability makes one worse off overall. I do so by explicating the notion of control over one’s situation. I argue that disabilities that significantly impair control over one’s own situation – e.g., Locked-in Syndrome and the Minimally Conscious State – strongly tend to be inherently negative with respect to wellbeing, while disabilities that do not strongly tend to be inherently neutral. The upshot is that we must draw an important normative distinction between disabilities that undermine this kind of control, and disabilities that do not.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.rightsopen access
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::H Humanities::HP Philosophy
dc.subject.otherwellbeing, Minimally Conscious State, Locked-in Syndrome, control over one’s situation
dc.titleChapter Disabilities and wellbeing
dc.title.alternativeThe bad and the neutral
dc.typechapter
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oapen.relation.isPartOfBookOxford Handbook of Philosophy and Disability
oapen.relation.isPartOfBook97f4820a-704e-4ae6-bd30-004a19e6c0ff
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oapen.collectionWellcome
oapen.pages12
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