Article Text

Download PDFPDF
One principle and a fourth fallacy of disability studies
  1. John Harris
  1. Correspondence to:
 Professor John Harris, Institute of Medicine, Law and Bioethics, School of Law, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL, UK;


This brief paper shows that the idea of benefits to the subject compensating for the harms of disability is at best self defeating and at worst sinister. Equally benefits to third parties while real are dubious as compensating factors. This shows that disabilities are just that, a net loss and not a net gain.

  • Disability
  • impairment
  • handicap
  • equality
  • social conception of disability
  • harmed condition conception of disability

Statistics from

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.


Other content recommended for you