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Learning from My Daughter: The Value and Care of Disabled Minds

Eva Feder Kittay


Disability offers a significant challenge to long-held philosophical views of the nature of the good life, what offers meaning in our lives, the importance of care, and the centrality of reason, as well as questions of justice, dignity, and personhood. In Learning from My Daughter, the author claims that living with a daughter who has multiple and significant disabilities, including cognitive disabilities, has been utterly transformative for thinking about her training, career and research as a philosopher. Interweaving the personal voice with the philosophical, the book argues that cognitive ... More

Keywords: cognitive disability, intellectual disability, care, normalcy, dependency, prenatal diagnosis, reproductive selection, bioethics, feminism, narrative

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190844608
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190844608.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eva Feder Kittay, author
Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Stony Brook University