chapter  22
What can philosophy tell us about disability?
BySimo Vehmas
Pages 12

It makes all the sense in the world to assume that philosophy can tell us something important about disability. After all, philosophers have since antiquity been considered lovers of wisdom who have a deeper understanding of the way things are than us regular mortals. The word ‘philosophy’, however, has various meanings nowadays, and it is often used to refer to the general scheme of things of virtually any human activity. People talk about the philosophy of tennis coaching, charity work, guitar solos, tasting wines, selling nail varnish, and so on. The word ‘philosophy’ implies profoundness related to the activity in question: guitar solos, for example, are not necessarily just a form of entertainment, they can also be pathways to deity. Thus, it seems that before I can go any further, I need to define ‘philosophy’. And this, exactly, is when things get complicated.