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Title
The ethics of autism
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Abstract
The diagnosis of autism is on the rise. Autistic people, parents, professionals, and policy makers alike face important questions about the right approach toward autism. For example, there are questions about the desirability of early detection, the role and consequences of underlying cognitive theories, and whether autism is a disorder to be treated or an identity to be respected. How does the fact that autism is a heterogeneous concept affect the answers to these questions? Who has the authority or knowledge to speak on behalf of people with autism? In this paper, we describe a cluster of research topics which should be on the agenda of the emerging field of autism ethics. These topics include the very concept of autism itself, the question whether autism is primarily an identity or a disorder, the ethical questions that parents of autistic children face, metaethical questions, the ethical consequences of epistemological questions, and a cluster of questions related to social justice, stigma, and paternalism.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Philosophy Compass. - -
Publication
2019
ISSN
1747-9991 [online]
Volume/pages
14 :1 (2019) , p. 1-11
Article Reference
e12559
ISI
000455019900002
Medium
E-only publicatie
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UAntwerpen
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Publications with a UAntwerp address
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Creation 15.01.2019
Last edited 16.09.2021
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