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Philosophy meets disability
  1. P Louhiala
  1. Department of Public Health, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
  1. Correspondence to Pekka Louhiala, Vuorikatu 17 as 3, FI-13100 Hämeenlinna, Finland; pekka.louhiala{at}


The question “what is disability” and its implications are addressed in a new book Arguing about disability: philosophical perspectives, which aims to fill the gap between disability studies and philosophy. The structure of the book has been organised roughly on the basis of three branches of philosophy: metaphysics, political philosophy and ethics. One of the main themes of the book is the characterisation of a third way of thinking about disability, a way between two extremes, the medical and social models of disability.

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