I am from India and I am a disabled person as well as a psychotherapist. I
would really appreciate if you could send the paper you have mentioned in
your mail as an attachment to me
From: Deborah Marks <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Saturday, October 23, 1999 4:52 PM
Subject: Re: Disability Epistemologies
>I agree with Michael that phenomenology is one of the more promising areas
>for thinking about disability, because it offers a grounded embodied
>Another perspective which is even more marginal to Disability Studies is
>psychoanalysis, which offers an important dimension to exploring
>relationships, power and experiences.
>You may be interested in a paper I wrote for the journal -Psychoanalytic
>Studies- 'Emancipatory Epistemology and Interdisciplinary Practice: Can
>Psychoanalysis Contribute to Disability Studies', Vol 1 3) Sept 199.
>It deals with questions of subjectivity, authority, hermeneutics and
>reflexivity, to argue that psychoanalysis and disability studies share many
>epistemological concerns and could benefit from dialogue.
>>Hi Michael --
>>It's good to see someone else interested in this topic - I've been trying
>>for over a year to find some research, any research that intersects
>>disabiltiy and epistemology. I haven't had any luck. There are two routs
>>I'm persuing now - 1) feminist understandings of social location as an
>>epistemic standpoint, and 2) phenomenology.
>>If any one out there has had any luck in this area, I'd be eager to get
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>>On Fri, 22 Oct 1999, M.G.Peckitt wrote:
>>> Excuse the slightly philosophical nature of this inquiry, but as I
>>> was browsing through the philosophy of knowledge and Feminist views
>>> on Science sections in my local bookstore it crossed my mind. Does
>>> disability theory have a Epistemological standpoint(s)towards science
>>> and scientific methods? I mean not just towards methods of
>>> reseaching disablility but a disability critique towards science in
>>> general, for instance a disability based critique of I.Q tests.
>From: M.G.Peckitt <[log in to unmask]>
>To: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
>Date: 22 October 1999 18:56
>Subject: Re: Disability Epistemologies
>>I myself had actually been thinking about disability and epistemology
>>before I looked at a bookstore, but like Alexa find no
>>disability-epistemology related articles in feminism or
>>phenomenology. preceding feminist or phenomenological methods can't
>>just be "mapped" that is adopted - but not adapted to suit disability
>>needs, I take a more careful examination is needed.
>>The only work that might be useful that I find was the hermeutical
>>work of Hans-Georg Gadamer and his ideas of "Situatedness" and
>>"Horizon" in Truth and Method, a book that was originally meant for
>>aesthetics but has find its way into social sciences and philosophy.
>>For Gadamer we are all context bound by our "situationess" - that is
>>what we are and when we are it e.g I am a Philosophy student,
>>disabled, male, living in Britain in 1999. That is my Situation. I
>>only have a certain view a, certain "Horizon" because I am bound by
>>my situation by talking with others I could "fuse horizons" and
>>perhaps have a wider undertsanding/interpretation or the world - have
>>multiple networks of horizons.
>>This idea, very badly sketched out here could be applied to the
>>disability sitution but may not be very impressive. I would be very
>>interesting in Alison Cocks' work and the views of others.
>>Forgive the long e-mail.