Philosophical and Ethical Problems in Mental Handicap

  • Peter Byrne

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 158-175

About this book


This book examines a range of important conceptual, ethical, social and religious issues arising from mental handicap. It contains a vigorous defence of the contention that mentally handicapped human beings are persons. It attacks both the contemporary philosophical attempts to dismiss the personhood of mentally handicapped people and the genocidal policies which those attempts suggest. It explores the logic of the attitudes which have lead to the marginalisation and oppression of the mentally handicapped.


bibliography concept ethics genocide logic morality philosophy

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  • Peter Byrne
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  1. 1.King’s College LondonUK

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