"The Ethics of Autism" - Talk by Professor Deborah Barnbaum, Department of Philosophy, Kent State University"The Ethics of Autism" - Talk by Professor Deborah Barnbaum, Department of Philosophy, Kent State Universityhttp://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/219821Stokes 102 - Humanities Center2013-02-07T16:30:002013-02-07T18:00:00
February 7,2013 4:30PM–6:00PM
Stokes 102 - Humanities Center
Hurford Center Student Seminar Speaker
The Ethics of Autism Talk by Professor Deborah Barnbaum, Kent State University
Thursday, February 7th, 2013
4:30pm Stokes 102
Autism is challenging psychologically, but it is also philosophically interesting. This talk begins with an examination of a psychologically unique aspect of autism, and demonstrates how autism’s psychological uniqueness has important philosophical implications. Theories in philosophy of mind, such as theory-theory and simulation-theory, are challenged by autistic agents. David Hume’s moral theory of human sympathies is one example of a moral normative theory that is similarly challenged by autism. The talk concludes by raising an important applied ethical question: Should we cure persons with autism?
Deborah Barnbaum is a Professor of Philosophy at Kent State University. Her research and teaching focuses on biomedical ethics. In addition to her book, The Ethics of Autism: Among Them But Not of Them, she has published extensively on the ethics of human subjects research. She has received the Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award, the Arts and Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award, and the Honors Distinguished Teaching Award at Kent State University. She received her PhD from the University of Massachusetts.
Organized in conjunction with the Student Seminar “Asperger Syndrome and its Role in Literature and Film,” led by Alec Johnsson ’15. Sponsored by the Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities.
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