|Next episode of WHY? features "Justice Caring and the Mentally Disabled" with Eva Kittay|
The radio show “Why? Philosophical Discussions about Everyday Life”, hosted by UND professor of Philosophy Jack Russell Weinstein, presents "Justice, Caring, and the Mentally Disabled" with Eva Feder Kittay. The program will start at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, and will be broadcast live on 89.3 FM in Grand Forks, other Prairie Public radio stations across the state, in Winnipeg on Shaw Cable, 107.9, and online for anyone who wants it around the world at www.whyradioshow.org.
Modern political philosophy has argued that justice requires full equality for those who can both carry the burdens and get the benefits from participating in social cooperation. But what about those who cannot fulfill these obligations because of limited mental capacities? Are these people still due justice, and if so, what sort of equality could we expect to grant them? In other words, what do we owe to those among us who are not capable of participating in society in typical ways because of their cognitive limitations? These, and other questions, will be the focus of discussion with Eva Kittay, author of the highly influential book “Love's Labor: Essays on Women, Equality, and Dependency”. Does justice presuppose participation, and what happens when we shift the obligation from duty to caring for others? This discussion will get to the core of what we believe we owe others and what it means to live in a society where difference means more than just religious, ethnic, or political difference. It goes to the heart of what it means to be human in society.
Eva Feder Kittay is a professor of Philosophy at State University of New York, Stony Brook. She has authored and edited numerous books on a range of topics, with an emphasis on feminism, political thought, and disability studies. She is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics at Stony Brook. Her forthcoming book, “Cognitive Disability and Its Challenge to Moral Philosophy”, continues many of the themes of her earlier work, including emphasizing the way in which traditional philosophy has passed over the concerns of a large spectrum of humanity.
Jack Russell Weinstein remarks, "Having Eva Kittay on the show is tremendously exciting. Reading Love's Labor changed my own work forever and forced me to look at the world, and at justice, in an entirely different way. This is a discussion that will tear at your heart while challenging you intellectually."
Have a question you want to ask Eva in advance? Send it to email@example.com. Subscribe to the podcast or listen to previous episodes online at www.whyradioshow.org. Stay tuned for more. Upcoming guests include: Martha Nussbaum, Michael Apple, and Amelie Rorty.
-- Jack Russell Weinstein, Associate Professor, Philosophy and Religion, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-2887