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Philosophy and other aids

JaybirdJaybird Member Posts: 1 Listener
Hi there.

My name's Jay, I'm 27 years old and I suffer heavily from BPD, fibromyalgia and ME. I want to ask: are there any philosophers that have inspired you to find quality of life as a disabled person, or comforted you in any way?

All edges of the philosophical spectrum welcome. 


  • Cher_ScopeCher_Scope Posts: 4,088

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    edited February 11
    Hello and welcome @Jaybird How are you today?

    What an interesting question you pose!  I have to admit, my knowledge of philosophy is minimal at best but during my time at university I was introduced to the work of Foucault and instantly loved it.  His work around how power regimes keep us self-policing our behaviour in line with the norm opened my mind.  In-fact, my favourite essay was one based upon Discipline and Punish!  

    I'd love to know more about your philosophical preferences.  Who inspires you and how?
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  • leeCalleeCal Member Posts: 3,724 Disability Gamechanger
    I find an eclectic mix of Buddhism, stoicism and Catholicism helps me a lot. 🙂
    buddhism and stoicism help a lot with everyday life, Catholicism is fascinating as well from a spiritual point of view. It’s probably just me ...
  • Jean EveleighJean Eveleigh Member Posts: 134 Pioneering
    I don't have a specific philosophical preference but I find within my online friendship circle lots of "inspirational" memes and quote often come up sometimes on days I really need them, if so or if they speak to me or I think they are going to help a friend I screenshot them and keep them in a folder on my computer I have 18 so far.
  • leeCalleeCal Member Posts: 3,724 Disability Gamechanger
    As far as self worth and validation is concerned I have found that the only one who can give you deep meaningful long lasting feelings of self worth is...you. 🙂
  • Francis_theythemFrancis_theythem Member Posts: 120 Pioneering
    Hey, I'm Frances. I study philosophy at undergraduate level! I also suffer badly from ME, also PoTS, autism, and unspecified dissociative disorder.
    Virtue Ethics! Aristotle's Ethics put in perspective what matters in life - obviously for him it is eudaimonia, achieved through being virtuous. It was nothing to do with not being able to be as productive as others, which I've suffered from for a long time, but about how I respond to it.
    If you're not aware of her, there's a chronically ill philosopher called Havi Carel, and having that understanding at research level felt quite good. For my own reflection, Lao Tzu is important to me also.
    What about you?

  • forgoodnesssakeforgoodnesssake Member Posts: 368 Pioneering
    Very interesting question!  I must fess up that I am not a disabled person but my son is (complex CP, no speech, student...) and I am also the holder of an MA in Philosophy!  And I have to say that my most frequently referenced philosopher is Thomas Nagel and "what is it like to be a bat?"  Which is essentially about how impossible it is to imagine, truly and completely, what it is like to be anything other than what you are.  And I do think this resonates with a lot of disability related issues inasmuch as, for example,  just covering your mouth for a day, or using a wheelchair for a couple of hours, in no way really reflects lived life as an AAC user, or a wheelchair user (but too often people seem to think that it does...)
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