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Towards an Ethics of Autism: A Philosophical Exploration

Towards an Ethics of Autism: A Philosophical Exploration Kristien Hens
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Kristien Hens succeeds in weaving together experiential expertise of both people with autism and their parents, scientific insights and ethics, and does so with great passion and affection for people with autism (with or without mental or other disabilities). In this book she not only asks pertinent questions, but also critically examines established claims that fail to take into account the criticism and experiences of people with autism.
Sam Peeters, author of Autistic Gelukkig (Garant, 2018) and Gedurfde vragen (Garant, 2020); blog @ Tistje.com

What does it mean to say that someone is autistic?

Towards an Ethics of Autism is an exploration of this question and many more. In this thoughtful, wide-ranging book, Kristien Hens examines a number of perspectives on autism, including psychiatric, biological, and philosophical, to consider different ways of thinking about autism, as well as its meanings to those who experience it, those who diagnose it, and those who research it.  Hens delves into the history of autism and its roots in the work of Leo Kanner and Hans Asperger to inform a contemporary ethical analysis of the models we use to understand autism today. She explores the various impacts of a diagnosis on autistic people and their families, the relevance of disability studies, the need to include autistic people fully in discussions about (and research on) autism, and the significance of epigenetics to future work on autism.

Hens weaves together a variety of perspectives that guide the reader in their own ethical reflections about autism. Rich, accessible, and multi-layered, this is essential reading for philosophers, educational scientists, and psychologists who are interested in philosophical-ethical questions related to autism, but it also has much to offer to teachers, allied health professionals, and autistic people themselves.

Towards an Ethic of Autism: A Philosophical Exploration
Kristien Hens | July 2021
206pp. |  6.14" x 9.21" (234 x 156 mm)
ISBN Paperback: 9781800642300
ISBN Hardback: 9781800642317
ISBN Digital (PDF): 9781800642324
ISBN Digital ebook (epub): 9781800642331
ISBN Digital ebook (mobi): 9781800642348
ISBN Digital (XML): 9781800642355
DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0261
Categories: BIC: MJN (Neurology and clinical neurophysiology), MJNA (Autism and Aspergerís Syndrome), HPQ (Ethics and moral Philosophy), PSAD (Bio-ethics); BISAC: PHI005000 (Philosophy / Ethics & Moral Philosophy), PHI031000 (Philosophy / Movements / General), EDU040000 (Education / Philosophy, Theory & Social Aspects), PSY022020 (PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / Autism Spectrum Disorders). OCLC Number: 1260292451.



Prologue: Dynamics and Ethics of Autism Download
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1. The Origins of Autism Download
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2. The Nature of Psychiatric Diagnoses Download
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3. Cognitive Explanations of Autism: Beyond Theory of Mind Download
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4. Sociological and Historical Explanations of Autism Download
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5. Difference and Disability Download
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6. Epistemic Injustice and Language Download
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7. Experiences of Autism Download
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8. Interlude: Autism and Time Download
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9. Labels and Looping Effects Download
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10. Dynamic Approaches Download
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11. Autism and Genetics Download
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Epilogue: Towards an Ethics of Autism Download
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