The Disabled Contract: Severe Intellectual Disability, Justice and Morality

JS Beaudry, The Disabled Contract: Severe Intellectual Disability, Justice and Morality (CUP, 2021)

Posted: 24 Apr 2021 Last revised: 26 Apr 2021

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Jonas-Sébastien Beaudry

McGill University - Faculty of Law; McGill University - Institute for Health and Social Policy

Date Written: 2021

Abstract

Social contract theories generally predicate the authority of rules that govern society on the idea that these rules are the product of a contractual agreement struck between members of society. These theories embody values, such as equality, reciprocity, and rationality, that are highly prized within our culture. Yet a closer inspection reveals that these features exclude other important values, relations, and even persons from the realm of contractual morality and justice, especially people with severe intellectual disabilities. Jonas-Sébastien Beaudry explores the moral status of intellectually disabled people in social contract thought and argues that this tradition needs to be revisited to include the most vulnerable. Addressing this problem will have concrete repercussions in law and policy because many issues that people with disabilities face are connected to deeply rooted assumptions about their status as full citizens or full members of our moral, political, and legal communities.Excerpt available online: https://assets.cambridge.org/97811071/52854/excerpt/9781107152854_excerpt.pdf

Keywords: Intellectual Disability, Social Contract, Contractualism, Contractarianism, Moral Status

Suggested Citation

Beaudry, Jonas-Sébastien, The Disabled Contract: Severe Intellectual Disability, Justice and Morality (2021). JS Beaudry, The Disabled Contract: Severe Intellectual Disability, Justice and Morality (CUP, 2021), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3813418

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