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.

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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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Hello, I'm a new member and I'm disabled myself.
Question: does anyone here know about twice exceptionality? I am a philosophy major right now; in the future, I wish to be a therapist to work with gifted\disabled folks, twice exceptionals, because I see that human services and psychlogy are still in their infancy regarding intellectually gifted disabled folks.

From a philosophical view, i enjoy disecting the political, social, intellectual structural barriers that impede gifted disabled folks from advancing.

Professor Eva Kittay (Stony Brook University) will deliver the Eastern APA Presidential Address on Friday, January 6 from 4:45-7:00pm. Her talk is titled "The Moral Significance of Being Human." ...

Disability Sessions at the 2017 Eastern APA Meeting

Society for Philosophy and Disability

Topic: Respecting People with Disabilities in Public and Private Life

Date: Friday, January 6 9:00 a.m.–Noon

Chair: Eva Kittay (Stony Brook University, SUNY)


John Vorhaus (University College, London) “Identity, Self-Respect, and People with Profound Cognitive Impairments”

Alice Crary (The New School) “The Moral Status of People with Severe Intellectual Disabilities”

Adam Cureton (University of Tennessee) “Treating Disabled Adults As Children”

Commentator: David Wasserman (National Institutes of Health, Department of Bioethics)

Author Meets Critics: Elizabeth Barnes, The Minority Body

Date: Friday, January 6 1:30 p.m - 4:30 p.m.

Chair: Rebecca Mason (University of San Francisco)

Critics: Teresa Blankmeyer Burke (Gallaudet University)

Kevin Timpe (Calvin College)

Author: Elizabeth Barnes (University of Virginia)

Twitter Feed: @SPhilDis

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