Developmental Perspective on the Emergence of Moral Personhood

James C. Harris

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4 Scopus citations


Definition of Disability,Causes of Intellectual Impairment,Evolving Terminology for Intellectual Impairment,The Bell Curve and IQ: Levels of Intellectual Disability,Cognitive Developmental Thresholds,Intellectual Disability and the Brain: Fluid and Crystallized Intelligence.Neuroplasticity in Brain Development,Developmental Perspective on Intellectual Disability: Cognitive Developmental Thresholds,Moral Development,Implications of Recognizing Personhood and Autonomy,Participation in Research

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCognitive Disability and Its Challenge to Moral Philosophy
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9781405198288
StatePublished - Aug 18 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • American Association on Mental Retardation (AAMR)
  • Attitudes toward intellectual disability - compassionate concern to ostracism and neglect
  • Bell Curve and IQ - levels of intellectual disability
  • Cognitive developmental thresholds
  • Developmental perspective - on emergence of moral personhood
  • Implications of recognizing personhood and autonomy.
  • Intellectual disability and brain fluid and crystallized intelligence
  • Involuntary euthanasia in Germany - eliminating "life unworthy of life
  • Perinatal causes, linked to birth injury - physical causes or metabolic ones
  • Persons diagnosed with intellectual disability - obstacles in one's lifetime and limitations in adaptive abilities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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