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A History of Intelligence and ‘Intellectual Disability’: The Shaping of Psychology in Early Modern Europe

Social science


by
C.F. Goodey

Book Details

Format: EPUB

Page count: 392 pages

File size: 2.3 MB

Protection: DRM

Language: English

Autism, Down syndrome, and other such labels assume that “intellectual disability” is a permanent aspect of human nature. C.F. Goodey demonstrates that intellectual disability and even intelligence are instead historically contingent creations, which are rooted in early modern cultural and religious matrices and corresponding forms of social organisation, and which have subsequently undergone continuous change. This paradigm-shifting book is also an urgent and compassionate appeal for us to consider, through the prism of history, how the apparent certainties of modern biology, medicine and psychology came to question the ethical status of some of us.

Autism, Down syndrome, and other such labels assume that “intellectual disability” is a permanent aspect of human nature. C.F. Goodey demonstrates that intellectual disability and even intelligence are instead historically contingent creations, which are rooted in early modern cultural and religious matrices and corresponding forms of social organisation, and which have subsequently undergone continuous change. This paradigm-shifting book is also an urgent and compassionate‚Ķ (more)

Autism, Down syndrome, and other such labels assume that “intellectual disability” is a permanent aspect of human nature. C.F. Goodey demonstrates that intellectual disability and even intelligence are instead historically contingent creations, which are rooted in early modern cultural and religious matrices and corresponding forms of social organisation, and which have subsequently undergone continuous change. This paradigm-shifting book is also an urgent and compassionate appeal for us to consider, through the prism of history, how the apparent certainties of modern biology, medicine and psychology came to question the ethical status of some of us.

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