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Disability, Difference, Discrimination

Perspectives on Justice in Bioethics and Public Policy

Anita Silvers, Lawrence C. Becker, David Wasserman


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How should we respond to individuals with disabilities? What does it mean to be disabled, and is a disabled person necessarily less independent and less competent than a person who is not disabled? Is a life with a disability a life worth living? In this compelling book, three experts on disability issues, ethics, and the law address several pressing issues in bioethics, including the prospect of genetic discrimination, heroic treatment of seriously impaired neonates, and whether severely impaired competent individuals should be permitted or assisted to die. Anita Silvers, David Wasserman, and Mary Mahowald bring important philosophical theories to bear on subjects of concern in a wide variety of disciplines dealing with disability, and they do so in the context of the groundbreaking Americans With Disabilities Act. Disability, Difference, Discrimination will be of great interest to the legal, philosophical, and medical communities engaged in ongoing debates about the disabled.

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 9780847692224, 250pp.

Publication Date: January 14, 1999

About the Author

Anita Silvers is professor of philosophy at San Francisco State University. David Wasserman is a research scholar at the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, University of Maryland. Mary B. Mahowald is professor at the Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago. Lawrence C. Becker is the William R. Kenan, Jr. professor in the humanities (philosophy) at The College of William and Mary.