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Disability, Personhood, and Vulnerability

·360 words
My aim is to develop some aspects of a critical orientation that does not rely upon definitively human capacities, and that, as such, does not exclude atypical bodies and minds from the outset. To explore such ideas, I consider feminist theories that understand vulnerability to be a ubiquitous or even universal aspect of life, and as such, as a more appropriate basis for ethics.


Disability and The Inhuman

·272 words
I consider how certain ways of existing come to be considered as not fully human, and associated with something called ‘inhuman’; how such associations are involved in the constitution of what is taken to be fully or properly human; and finally, the deleterious effects for those who, because they move or think in unconventional ways, become associated with the inhuman.


Disability, Technology, Time: The Technological Unconscious as an Unsafe Ground for Bodily Activity

·4190 words
I talk about very basic kinds of technology, and how these contribute to the enaction of disability. I outline two concepts: inter-mundane technology (a low level artefactuality that supports activity while falling outside awareness, so that its contribution goes unacknowledged and the activity appears natural), and technological unconscious (a corpus of habituated expectations about how the world is). I then discuss how inter-mundane technologies—which are normatively-structured—lead to one way disability gets enacted, and also arodes bodily confidence in the world.


Disability and Prosthesis Beyond Utility and Function

·3916 words
Technologies are not mere external utilities, but are profoundly involved within human development. Explanation of such involvement takes various forms. Like natural and social artefacts, technologies have a historical development, and can acquire metaphysical baggage. One way to conceptualise technology is in terms of prosthesis: a tool—from a flint or a hammer, to language—that extends or enables capacities. I discuss prosthesis as a human-technology relation, and consider three such conceptualisations—instrumentalism, Bernard Stiegler’s originary technicity, and Gilbert Simondon’s concretisation—and consider their relevance and usefulness to disability.