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Res Philosophica

Volume 93, Issue 4, October 2016

Philosophy of Disability

Ian Stoner
Pages 921-949
DOI: 10.11612/resphil.1470

Ways To Be Worse Off

Does disability make a person worse off? I argue that the best answer is yes and no, because we can be worse off in two conceptually distinct ways. Disabilities usually make us worse off in one way (typified by facing hassles) but not in the other (typified by facing loneliness). Acknowledging two conceptually distinct ways to be worse off has fundamental implications for philosophical theories of well-being.

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