Philosophy TV Managing Editors

David Killoren (Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry, Australian Catholic University)

Jonathan Lang (Wisconsin Institute for Sleep and Consciousness, University of Wisconsin-Madison)


Norman Daniels and Leslie Francis

Norman Daniels (left) and Leslie Francis (right) on justice and disability.

Daniels and Francis (starting at 5:43) distinguish between impairments, disabilities, and handicaps. They discuss the issue of special education (starting at 25:53) and consider what we owe to the disabled in a world of scarce resources. Then (starting at 50:34) they discuss problems of justice in health care and the allocation of so-called “disability-adjusted life-years” (DALYs). Finally (starting at 1:04:58) they discuss whether we disparage the disabled if we conceive disability as a departure from normal functioning.

Production note: Be forewarned that the audio quality in this episode is relatively low. It will sound better on some speakers than others.

Related works

by Daniels:
“Capabilities, Opportunity, and Health” in Brighouse and Robeyns (eds.), Measuring Justice: Primary Goods and Capabilities (2010)
Just Health: Meeting Health Needs Fairly (2007)

by Francis:
“Disability” in Frey and Wellman (eds.), A Companion to Applied Ethics (2005)
with Anita Silvers (eds.): Americans With Disabilities (2000)