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date: 17 February 2020

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This chapter argues that critical disability theory and an ethics of care, rather than offering opposing ways to think about disability, can be allies in crafting a theoretical foundation for providing care and assistance for disabled people. It recognizes the importance of taking seriously objections to care theory and to thinking of disabled people as dependents. Yet it urges that disability theorists forgo adopting the dominant liberal conceptions of the value of independence and the stigma of dependence and embrace a robust fully normative ethic of care that is compatible with the rights and dignity of disabled people.

Keywords: care, disability, dependence, independence, an ethic of care, critical disability theory, feminist ethics

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