Parisian Philosphy Cafe: "Is a Disabled Person a Lesser Person?"

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Cathy Kudlick announces the launch of a provocative discussion group in paris that promises to touch on inclusive travel. From her posting at the DS-HUM listserve:

In the spirit of cross-cultural discussion, I am taking advantage of my
fall in Paris to launch a "philosophy cafe" on the topic of
disability. For those of you who don't know about them, these cafes which
started about six years ago are regular meetings where anyone can drop in
and engage in a philosophical debate on a specified question.

The people
doing this with me are a young couple of chair users who just published a
wonderful little book called "Paris by Wheelchair." In addition to its
practical advice and dark sense of humor, the book is noteworthy because it
came out in a mainstream collection among other titles such as "Where to
Kiss in Paris," "Having a Cat in Paris," "Finding Calm in Paris," etc.

The open-ended question we came up with for our first meeting is: "Is a
disabled person a lesser person?"

While for people on this list the answer will seem obvious, I've found that
it produces some fascinating discussion here.

Feel free to pass the following text on to anyone who might be
interested. The discussion will take place in French, bien sur.

One last little point: we're meeting at a cafe on the place de la Bastille,
the birthplace of the French Revolution. The historian in me is quite
pleased about this!

Best, Cathy Kudlick

>Catherine Kudlick, historienne cherchant à provoquer une discussion sur
>les points du vue français et américain sur le handicap, elle-même malvoyante,
>Lucie Fontaine et Jean-Baptiste Nanta, auteurs du guide Paris en fauteuil
>(éd. Parigramme), tous deux en fauteuil roulant,
>
>vous invitent à participer à un café-philo le lundi 8 novembre à 18h30
>sur le thème :
>
>Une personne handicapée est-elle une personne diminuée ?
>
>L'objectif est de faire émerger de nouvelles manières de comprendre la
>différence humaine et de réfléchir sur les valeurs (morales, sociales,
>culturelles, etc.) qu'on lui accorde habituellement, loin du discours
>normatif en usage.
>
>
>La soirée aura lieu au café "Les associés" qui nous prête gracieusement
>une salle.
>
>Adresse: “Les associés”, 50 boulevard de la Bastille, 75012 Paris, tél.:
>01 43 46 55 22

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