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J Med Ethics. 2009 Sep;35(9):570-2. doi: 10.1136/jme.2009.030684.

Philosophy meets disability.

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  • Department of Public Health, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland. pekka.louhiala@helsinki.fi


The question "what is disability" and its implications are addressed in a new book Arguing about disability: philosophical perspectives, which aims to fill the gap between disability studies and philosophy. The structure of the book has been organised roughly on the basis of three branches of philosophy: metaphysics, political philosophy and ethics. One of the main themes of the book is the characterisation of a third way of thinking about disability, a way between two extremes, the medical and social models of disability.

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