Lecture: "Epistemic Authority, Adaptive Preferences, and Judging the Quality of a Life with Disability"

Prof. Joseph A. Stramondo, San Diego State University, will present this talk.

Abstract: "There are several critiques of the application of the idea of adaptive preferences to undercut disabled people who claim they have good lives (Amundson, Barnes, and Goering). There are also arguments against physician-assisted suicide that seem to use an argumentative structure that is quite similar to the logic of adaptive preferences (such as "a disabled person who has a desire to die has really adapted his preferences such that he prefers something that is sub-optimal only because other, better choices are out of reach"). This lecture tries to reconcile these positions by finding a way of parsing between uses of the idea of adaptive preferences that are instances of testimonial injustice against disabled people (as Barnes describes it) and those that genuinely describe a phenomenon in which a person's preference for physician-assisted suicide is distorted in the ‘sour grapes’ sense."

This event is sponsored by the philosophy department. Co-sponsored by the bioethics program, the Center for Intercultural and Civic Engagement (CICE), and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, with additional support from the Offices of Business and Security Services.

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