Paternalism and Disability | April 2022 | Leeds


‘Paternalism and Disability’

26-27 April 2022, Leeds


Disability is often assumed to be a paradigm cause of disadvantage, which the state should reduce or eliminate if possible. In contrast, many disabled individuals do not see their condition as a ‘tragedy’ to be avoided, but a difference to be accommodated. This workshop will explore the tension between taking disability-positive testimony seriously, and the imperative to minimise instances of disability.

Partner organisation: Leeds Centre for Disability Studies, The Centre for Interdisciplinary Ethics Applied (IDEA), University of Leeds

Confirmed speakers

  • Marie Tidball, City Councillor in Oxford; co-ordinator of the Oxford Disability Law and Policy Project; trustee for the autism and learning disability charity Waymarks; Executive Post on ‘Young People, Schools and Public Health’, Oxford City Council.
  • Jonathan Wolff, Alfred Landecker Professor of Values and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford and co-chair of the WHO Working Group on the Ethics and Governance of the COVID ACT-Accelerator.

  • Joseph Stramondo, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, San Diego State University; Director, Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs (IEPA)

  • Dana Howard, Assistant Professor at the Ohio State University Division of Bioethics, Department of Biomedical Anatomy and Education at the College of Medicine; member of the OSU Philosophy Department and the Center for Ethics and Human Values

  • Alex Gregory, Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Southampton.

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