This ground-breaking volume considers what it means to make claims of disability membership in view of the robust Disability Rights movement, the rich areas of academic inquiry into disability, increased philosophical attention to the nature and significance of disability, a vibrant disability culture and disability arts movement, and advances in biomedical science and technology.

By focusing on the statement, "We are all disabled", the book explores the following questions: What are the philosophical, political, and practical implications of making this claim? What conceptions of disability underlie it? When, if ever, is this claim justified, and when or why might it be problematic or harmful? What are the implications of claiming "we are all disabled" amidst this global COVID-19 pandemic? These critical reflections on the boundaries of disability include perspectives from the humanities, social sciences, law, and the arts. In exploring the boundaries of disability, and the ways in which these lines are drawn theoretically, legally, medically, socially, and culturally, the authors in this volume challenge particular conceptions of disability, expand the meaning and significance of the term, and consider the implications of claiming disability as an identity.

It will be of interest to a broad audience, including disability scholars, advocates and activists, philosophers and historians of disability, moral theorists, clinicians, legal scholars, and artists.

chapter |9 pages


What does it mean to claim “we are all disabled”?
ByLicia Carlson, Matthew C. Murray

part 1|65 pages

Theoretical considerations

chapter 1|15 pages

Power, disability, and the academic production of knowledge

ByMatthew C. Murray

chapter 2|11 pages

Depending on the undependable

Disability, fragility, and instability
ByAdam Cureton

chapter 4|13 pages

On (not) deserving disadvantage

What kind of difference does “disability” make?
ByLeslie Francis

chapter 5|18 pages

Being and deafness

Examining ontology and ethics within the dialectic of hearing-loss and deaf-gain and deafness-and-disability
ByMichael E. Skyer

part 2|66 pages

Spaces, representations, and lived boundaries

chapter 6|4 pages


ByJim Ferris

chapter 7|10 pages

“We are all disabled”

Feathers, continuities, and a neglected musical argument? 1
ByStefan Sunandan Honisch

chapter 8|11 pages

Robinson Crusoe and Peter the Wild Boy

What Daniel Defoe inadvertently tells us about disability
ByD. Christopher Gabbard

chapter 9|9 pages

“We are all disabled”

The conundrum of problems and solutions
ByMadeleine DeWelles

chapter 10|9 pages

Borderlands and neurodiversity

Aren´t we all humans? 1
BySara Newman

chapter 11|5 pages

We are all disabled, until we are not

ByTeresa Blankmeyer Burke

chapter 12|14 pages

Thoughts on precarity, disablement, and risk during COVID-19

BySandy Sufian, Licia Carlson

chapter 13|3 pages

Toward disability justice in a pandemic world

ByMatthew C. Murray, Licia Carlson