Ethics and Mental Retardation

  • Loretta Kopelman
  • John C. Moskop

Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 15)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Examining the Rights Tradition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jeffrie Murphy
      Pages 3-17
    3. Joseph Margolis
      Pages 19-35
    4. H. Tristram Engelhardt Jr.
      Pages 37-42
    5. Jeffrie G. Murphy
      Pages 43-46
    6. Anthony D. Woozley
      Pages 47-56
    7. Cora Diamond
      Pages 57-62
  3. Respect and Labeling

  4. Theology and Philosophy of Religion

  5. Law and Public Policy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
    2. Barbara Baum Levenbook
      Pages 209-221
    3. David J. Rothman
      Pages 223-233
    4. Arthur E. Kopelman
      Pages 243-245
    5. Theodore Kushnick
      Pages 247-251
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 253-259

About this book


This volume offers a collection of writings on ethical issues regarding retarded persons. Because this important subject has been generally omitted from formal discussions of ethics, there is a great deal which needs to be addressed in a theoretical and critical way. Of course, many people have been very concerned with practical matters concerning the care of retarded persons such as what liberties, entitlements or advocacy they should have. Interestingly, because so much practical attention has been given to issues which are not discussed by ethical theorists, they offer a rare opportunity to evaluate ethical theories themselves. That is, certain theories which appear convincing on other subjects seem implausible when they are applied to reasoned and com­ pelling views we hold concerning retarded individuals. Our subject, then, has both practical and conceptual dimensions. More­ over, because it is one where pertinent information comes from many sources, contributors to this volume represent many fields, including philosophy, religion, history, law and medicine. We regret that it was not possible to include more points of view, like those of psychologists, sociologists, nurses and families. There is however, a good and longstanding literature on mental retardation from these perspectives.


ethics health health care issue morality philosophy

Editors and affiliations

  • Loretta Kopelman
    • 1
  • John C. Moskop
    • 1
  1. 1.East Carolina University School of MedicineGreenvilleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1984
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-8387-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-1480-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0376-7418
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