The Future of the Disabled in Liberal Society

The Future of the Disabled in Liberal Society
An Ethical Analysis
By Hans S. Reinders
University of Notre Dame Press, $17, 296 pp.

This book is a sophisticated and welcome contribution to what the author calls "the continuing debate concerning the strengths and weaknesses of liberal morality that dominates contemporary society." Its thesis: Despite recent public-policy efforts to ensure equal opportunity and access for all, liberal society cannot sustain equal regard for persons with disabilities. This is especially true if the disabilities in question are "mental...

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About the Author

Jean Bethke Elshtain is the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics at the University of Chicago Divinity School.