Can It Be a Good Thing to Be Deaf?

Autor/a: COOPER, Rachel
Año: 2007
Editorial: Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, Vol. 32, nº 6 (2007) pp. 563-583
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Comunidad y cultura sorda


Increasingly, Deaf activists claim that it can be good to be Deaf. Still, much of the hearing world remains unconvinced, and continues to think of deafness in negative terms. I examine this debate and argue that to determine whether it can be good to be deaf it is necessary to examine each claimed advantage or disadvantage of being deaf, and then to make an overall judgment regarding the net cost or benefit. On the basis of such a survey I conclude that being deaf may plausibly be a good thing for some deaf people but not for others.