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Eva Feder Kittay
SUNY Research Foundation, Stony Brook (Stony Brook, NY 11794-0001)
Philosophy and Cognitive Disability

Historical and contemporary philosophical accounts of persons, both with respect to what is due them (justice, an adequate level of care, full citizenship) and with respect to what is conducive to their good (requirements for well-being and a meaningful life), have given short shrift to individuals with significant cognitive disabilities. As a philosopher and a parent of a child with severe cognitive disabilities, the contradictions between philosophically normative conceptions of the human and those I have formed in my experiences with my disabled daughter have cried out for a resolution. The project, which will issue in a book, asks us to consider how certain traditional and contemporary questions in philosophy are reframed when we include people with serious cognitive disabilities within the scope of the inquiry and urges that actual relationships of care and love undermine a priori certitudes and thus enlarges our vision of who we are.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other; Philosophy, Other

Fellowships for University Teachers

Research Programs

$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 12/31/2014