Fools and Idiots?

Fools and Idiots? Intellectual Disability in the Middle Ages - Disability History

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This is the first book devoted to the cultural history in the pre-modern period of people we now describe as having learning disabilities. Using an interdisciplinary approach, including historical semantics, medicine, natural philosophy and law, it considers a neglected field of social and medical history and makes an original contribution to the problem of a shifting concept such as 'idiocy'. Medieval physicians, lawyers and the schoolmen of the emerging universities wrote the texts which shaped medieval definitions of intellectual ability and its counterpart, disability. In studying such texts, which form part of our contemporary scientific and cultural heritage, we gain a better understanding of which people were considered to be intellectually disabled and how their participation and inclusion in society differed from the situation today.

Book information

ISBN: 9780719096372
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Imprint: Manchester University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 305.90840902
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 338g
Height: 139mm
Width: 216mm
Spine width: 23mm