New book: Reclaiming Philosophy’s Disability History

I’m so happy to announce that Reclaiming Philosophy’s Disability History: Cripping the Canon, is under contract with Routledge. Sarah Gorman and I are editing the volume, and it’s been in careful development for several years. I’m so glad that this significant text will be available for scholars and students!

Our volume offers a disability – or crip – history of philosophy.

We demonstrate new ways of reading key figures in philosophy that illuminates the fact that the field of philosophy has always dealt with disability, illness, and related matters. These readings run against common understandings of the history of philosophy as not being for – or about – disabled people. This volume does not, however, attempt post-hoc medical diagnosis of historical figures in philosophy. Instead, it takes up a historically-relativist approach to the concept of disability in an act of “claiming”, or “looting” the canon.

The volume will include crip readings of at least the following thinkers: Anna Maria van Schurman, Benedict Spinoza, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Jean-Paul Sartre, Michel Foucault, and Audre Lorde; and, it will feature scholarly engagements with Marta Russell and Anita Silvers.

Confirmed contributors include: Rebecca Bamford, Steph Ban, Will Conway, Kimberly Engels, Johnathan Flowers, Élaina Gauthier-Mamaril, Sarah Gorman, Melinda Hall, Randall Oldenburg, Ally Peabody Smith, Joel Reynolds, Jennifer Scuro, Joe Stramondo, and The Cyborg Jillian Weise.

There is still room for additional contributions, including short pieces. Please get in contact if this opportunity sounds like it may be a fit with your scholarly projects.

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