• Atypical Morphology and the Normative Limits of Ability and Function

    Author(s):
    Jonathan Paul Mitchell (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Subject(s):
    Disability studies
    Item Type:
    Conference paper
    Conf. Title:
    Theorizing the Body in Health and Medicine
    Conf. Org.:
    Maastricht University
    Conf. Loc.:
    Maastricht University
    Conf. Date:
    25-26 November 2015
    Tag(s):
    philosophy of technology
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6K09T
    Abstract:
    This paper largely concerns grounding concepts that inform medical and social theories of impairment. It discusses impairment in relation to normal function, including its identification as deviation from normal health. It then draws upon phenomenological concepts to develop an alternate account of embodiment, as always already dependent upon relations with things outside itself. It posits that ‘normal ability’ is consequently a socio-historical elaboration rather than an objectively existing state of affairs, and that the accompanying prioritisation of some modes of embodiment over others creates the phenomenon called disability. Finally, it outlines an alternative framework that eschews reference to transcendent norms for grounding in capacities and goals, however atypical, of embodied agents.
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