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The Capacity ContractIntellectual Disability and the Question of Citizenship$
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Stacy Clifford Simplican

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816693979

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816693979.001.0001

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The Disavowal of Disability in Contemporary Contract Theory

The Disavowal of Disability in Contemporary Contract Theory

(p.71) Chapter 3 The Disavowal of Disability in Contemporary Contract Theory
The Capacity Contract

Stacy Clifford Simplican

University of Minnesota Press

Chapter three argues that John Rawls’s treatment of disability discloses a double disavowal of disability in which Rawls uses disability to define key concepts and then disavows the role disability plays. I also analyze Rawls’s critics, showing how they too make cognitive capacity central to emancipatory politics, thus marginalizing disability.

Keywords:   Social contract, Feminist disability studies, Arendt, Rawls, Locke, Disability Rights, Democracy

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