Some Thoughts Towards a Philosophy of Physical Handicap

  • Bill Warren
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Abstract

What is intended in this essay is a preliminary statement of where one might look for a positive position in relation to gross differences amongst people. The direction of this position is the direction of a philosophy of the individual, how the individual creates the world and how the created world becomes also a creating world through social pressures that must be recognized and resisted (if never totally overcome) for authentic individual life.

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Notes & References

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    This concept is taken from John Carroll’s Breakout from the Crystal Palace, Routledge & Kegan Paul, London, 1975Google Scholar
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    E. Fromm The Fear of Freedom, Routledge & Kegan Paul, London, 1942Google Scholar
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    I have in mind here the syndrome labelled the ‘authoritarian personality’ by Adorno et. al. (T.W. Adorno, Else Frenkel-Brunswick, Daniel J. Levinson and R. Nevitt Sanford, The Authoritarian Personality, Harper, New York, 1950) and their conclusion: ‘Rational arguments cannot be expected to have deep or lasting effects upon a phenomenon that is irrational in its essential nature; appeals to sympathy may do as much good when directed to people one of whose deepest fears is that they might be identified with weakness or suffering; closer association with members of minority groups can hardly be expected to influence people who are largely characterised by the inability to have experience, and liking for particular groups or individuals is very difficult to establish in people whose structure is such that they cannot really like anybody!’ (p. 973).Google Scholar

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© Ronald S. Laura 1980

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