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A Constructive Theology of Intellectual Disability
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A Constructive Theology of Intellectual Disability: Human Being as Mutuality and Response

Molly C. Haslam

Abstract

This book asks, on behalf of individuals with profound intellectual disabilities, what it means to be human. That question has traditionally been answered with an emphasis on an intellectual capacity—the ability to employ concepts or to make moral choices—and has ignored the value of individuals who lack such intellectual capacities. The book suggests, rather, that human beings be understood in terms of participation in relationships of mutual responsiveness, which includes but is not limited to intellectual forms of communicating. The book supports its argument by developing a phenomenology o ... More

Keywords: intellectual disability, mutual responsiveness, communication, phenomenology, God, theology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780823239405
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823239405.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Molly C. Haslam, author
Vanderbilt University