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Dr. Licia Carlson

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Office: Siena Hall 126
Tel.: 401-865-1357

Office Hours (Fall 2012):
Wednesdays, 12-1pm
Thursdays, 10-11am

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Books by Licia Carlson:

The Faces of Intellectual Disability: Philosophical Reflections

Indiana University Press, 2009

From the Publisher's Website:

"Will have a significant impact on philosophical bioethics." —Hilde Lindemann, Michigan State University

"A bold, critical intervention into the domains of disability studies, philosophy, and bioethics." —Lisa Diedrich, Stony Brook University

"Through her linguistic skill, Carlson renders complex ideas ascertainable. . . . [This] project is a sound and worthy foundation on which to build a more complete analysis in this growing area of scholarship." —H-Disability

"The Faces of Intellectual Disability illuminates exquisitely the epistemological and normative commitments and implications of various philosophical accounts. As such, it is a valuable addition to the philosophical literature on intellectual disability." —Teachers College Record

"Carlson provides a valuable, in-depth exploration of the philosophical and moral underpinnings of understanding of persons with intellectual disabilities. . . . This will be vital resource in a variety of disciplines. . . . Highly recommended." —Choice

"[P]rovides a rigorous philosophical analysis of how the outsider’s viewpoint of ID in particular (generalizable to disability as a whole) will blind, cripple, and even retard (puns intended!) theological work, and that only historical illumination and serious interaction with the perspectives of those with ID or their caretakers can help do justice to the issues at hand." —Journal of Religion, Disability & Health

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Cognitive Disability and Its Challenge to Moral Philosophy

Wiley-Blackwell, 2010
Edited by Eva Fetter Kittay and Licia Carlson

From the Publisher's Website:


Through a series of essays contributed by clinicians, medical historians, and prominent moral philosophers, Cognitive Disability and Its Challenge to Moral Philosophy addresses the ethical, bio-ethical, epistemological, historical, and meta-philosophical questions raised by cognitive disability:

Features essays by a prominent clinicians and medical historians of cognitive disability, and prominent contemporary philosophers such as Ian Hacking, Martha Nussbaum, and Peter Singer

Represents the first collection that brings together philosophical discussions of Alzheimer's disease, intellectual/developmental disabilities, and autism under the rubric of cognitive disability

Offers insights into categories like Alzheimer's, mental retardation, and autism, as well as issues such as care, personhood, justice, agency, and responsibility


"Contemporary moral philosophers, clinicians, and medical historians discuss ethical questions related to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism, and Alzheimer's disease, and look at how cognitive disability forces us to reexamine the concept of personhood." (Book News, September 2010)

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