This is What a Historicist and Relativist Feminist Philosophy of Disability Looks Like

Foucault Studies (19):7 (2015)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
ABSTRACT: With this article, I advance a historicist and relativist feminist philosophy of disability. I argue that Foucault’s insights offer the most astute tools with which to engage in this intellectual enterprise. Genealogy, the technique of investigation that Friedrich Nietzsche famously introduced and that Foucault took up and adapted in his own work, demonstrates that Foucault’s historicist approach has greater explanatory power and transgressive potential for analyses of disability than his critics in disability studies have thus far recognized. I show how a feminist philosophy of disability that employs Foucault’s technique of genealogy avoids ahistorical, teleological, and transcultural assumptions that beleaguer much work in disability studies. The article also situates feminist philosophical work on disability squarely in age-old debates in (Eurocentric) Western philosophy about universalism vs. relativism, materialism vs. idealism, realism vs. nominalism, and freewill vs. determinism, as well as contributes to ongoing discussions in (Western) feminist philosophy and theory about (among other things) essentialism vs. constructivism, identity, race, sexuality, agency, and experience.
PhilPapers/Archive ID
TRETIW
Revision history
Archival date: 2015-11-21
View upload history
References found in this work BETA
Nietzsche, Genealogy, History.Michel Foucault - 1978 - In John Richardson & Brian Leiter (eds.), Nietzsche. Oxford University Press. pp. (139-164).
The Subject and Power.Foucault, Michel
Truth and Power (1977).Foucault, Michel

View all 11 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Added to PP index
2015-10-03

Total views
333 ( #10,132 of 43,036 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
81 ( #6,579 of 43,036 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks to external links.