Disability and domination: Lessons from republican political philosophy

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The republican ideal of non-domination identifies the capacity for arbitrary interference as a fundamental threat to liberty that can generate fearful uncertainty and servility in those dominated. I argue that republican accounts of domination can provide a powerful analysis of the nature of legal and institutional power that is encountered by people with mental disorders or cognitive disabilities. In doing so, I demonstrate that non-domination is an ideal which is pertinent, distinctive, and desirable in thinking through psychological disability. Finally, I evaluate republican strategies for contesting domination, focusing on the limits of contestatory democracy, and proposing a participatory alternative which better addresses problems of political agency in the mentally disordered and cognitively disabled.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-148
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Applied Philosophy
Issue number1
Early online date10 Aug 2015
Publication statusPublished - 5 Feb 2018


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