4. Feminist Disability Studies and Philosophy of Disability

[14] As the first decade of the new millennium comes to an end, and a third phase of feminist disability studies comes into being, much can be said about the improvement in the treatment, and understanding, of both men and women with disabilities. While feminist philosophers have been contributing to the discussion of women, feminism, and disability for two decades, their audience has largely been disability and feminist disability theorists. But, by the second half of the current decade, other branches of philosophy are starting to address issues of disability. Much as Lindemann had hoped, both philosophers of education and ethicists are now showing interest in the phenomenon and meaning of disability. There are, however, gaps remaining. While many in philosophy are now turning their attention to persons with disabilities, including those with cognitive disabilities, the phenomena of mild cognitive disabilities and mothering with disability have yet to be adequately addressed.

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