2013 Beach Workshop, Emerald Isle, NC

Hosted by

Thomas E. Hill, Jr., UNC Chapel Hill

Bernard Boxill, UNC Chapel Hill

Aims and Scope

Issues of disability arise in interpersonal contexts, where we can ask questions such as:  What kinds of attitudes should we have towards people with disabilities and what sorts of attitudes should they have about themselves?  How might types of disablement (war, age, disease, from birth, late onset, sensory, mobility, mental, etc.) figure in various moral problems?  What is disability and what do historical figures have to say about disability? What are some connections between feminist thinking and disability theory?

With regard to justice and public policy, we can also ask:  How should disability figure into social contract and egalitarian theories of justice?  How should we make personhood and edges-of-life decisions or decide whether or not to have a disabled child?  What are the social disadvantages of disability?

The point of this workshop is to bring together serious and clear-headed thinkers for a friendly and productive conversation about certain broadly defined issues of disability.  Our aim is to have congenial, constructive, and mutually respectful discussions in which we can learn from each other’s thought and experience.


Elan Buch, Anthropology, University of Iowa

Claudia Card, Philosophy, University of Wisconsin

Andrew Courtwright, Institute for Patient Care, Massachusetts General Hospital

Adam Cureton, Philosophy, University of Tennessee

 Julia Driver, Philosophy, Washington University in St. Louis

Samuel Freeman, Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania

Richard Galvin, Philosophy, Texas Christian University

Virginia Warren, Philosophy, Chapman University

Program and Papers

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