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Logic, Law, and the Fight for Education

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This chapter shows how prejudice toward people with intellectual and developmental disabilities was encouraged not just by how society was interpreting their religious texts but also by the growth of the Philosophies of Reason and Ethics. Descartes, Hume, and Kant have each had a lasting impact on current understanding of what it means to be a full member of society, which can be seen reflected in modern philosophical arguments made by Jeff McMahan and Peter Singer. People with disabilities thus faced an ongoing fight not just to leave institutions which segregated them, but to gain access to full educational opportunities. It also examines the development and legacy of the Special Education classroom.

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  • legacy of special education
  • philosophy and disability
  • prejudice of logic

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Oslund, C.M. (2015). Logic, Law, and the Fight for Education. In: Disability Services and Disability Studies in Higher Education: History, Contexts, and Social Impacts. Palgrave Pivot, New York. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137502445_4

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