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I very much like Levy’s first argument in his letter of response:
‘[I]t is false to think that in all cases in which X is worse off as a result of Y's actions, X has had her rights violated by Y.’
Levy makes a good point that members of society are not discriminating against the deaf, when they use the spoken word and audible alarms, and so forth, as part of their everyday lives. Nobody...
Bennett Foddy interprets the view I express in 'Deafness, culture, and choice' (JME 2002: 28) correctly: deaf children are contingently, and not necessarily, worse off as a result of their disability. Indeed, this claims seems almost tautological: to be better or worse off is inherently relational, so it is easy to imagine worlds in which the deaf would not be worse off. A world in which everyone was de...
In his article ‘Deafness, culture and choice’, Neil Levy argues that ‘the deaf will always be cut off from the buzz of conversation, always restricted to a narrower range of jobs, always slightly alienated from the mainstream of political, social, and cultural life.’
He argues that deaf children will always be somewhat worse off than hearing children, because ‘We are, in many ways, a logocen...