Aims and Scope

The Society for Philosophy and Disability, or SPD, is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to furthering research and teaching on philosophical issues related to disability and to promoting inclusiveness and support for people with disabilities in philosophical education and in the profession of philosophy. SPD aims to provide a forum for philosophical discussion of disability by arranging meetings, maintaining an online presence, and organizing academic projects.

SPD News

For more information contact:

Adam Cureton
President, Society for Philosophy and Disability
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
University of Tennessee
808 McClung Tower
Knoxville, TN 37996

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Event - A Joint Public Discussion on Philosophy and Cognitive Impairment with Eva Kittay and Richard M. Rubin

Eva Kittay and Richard M. Rubin will have a joint public discussion on philosophy and cognitive impairment sponsored by the New York Pragmatist Forum on Friday April 1 from 2-4pm at Fordham's Lincoln Center Campus (113 W 60th St, New York, NY;Lowenstein 610).

For further information, people should write to Judith Green ( or Marcus Schweiger (

Sessions on Disability at the 2016 Eastern APA

Society for Philosophy and Disability: Philosophy of Disability: Ableism and Affect

FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 11:15 A.M.–1:15 P.M.

Chair: Adam Cureton (University of Tennessee)


Joel Michael Reynolds (Emory University) “The Charmed Pendulum of Ability: Ethical Theory at the Intersections of Ableism and Affect”

Jennifer Scuro (The College of New Rochelle) “Ableist Implications of Diagnostics and Diagnoses”

Lauren Guilmette (Florida Atlantic University) “Getting It (Sometimes) Right: Feminist Philosophies of Disability and the Ethics of Curiosity”

APA Committee Session: The Procreative Asymmetry in Ethics and the Law Arranged by the APA Committee on Philosophy and Law

FRIDAY, JANUARY 8: 1:30P.M.–4:30 P.M.

Chair: David T. Wasserman (National Institutes of Health)


David DeGrazia (George Washington University)

Johann Frick (Princeton University)

David Heyd (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Melinda A. Roberts (The College of New Jersey)

Our very own SPD board member, Professor Eva Kittay, has been elected to serve as Vice-President of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association this year. She will serve as President of that division of the APA the following year. Please join us in congratulating Eva, who we know will do a wonderful job!

A full list of 2015 APA election results can be found here:

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