The question: Is disability a “mere” difference or a “bad” difference? In other words, is it bad for a person

The question: Is disability a “mere” difference or a “bad” difference? In other words, is it bad for a person to have a disability? My answer: I take the stance that disabilities are inherently bad for people, it just varies how bad depending on what the disability is. All disabilities are not the same and because of this, the negative impact it can have on one’s life can vary. There are many scenarios where one can live a completely normal life with a disability, even with minor issues that could be considered a local bad, but we cannot ignore that there are indeed individuals whose disabilities have made their lives difficult to live. It is understandable that some may disagree with my view based on social models of disability that claim society’s treatment of those with disabilities is the primary reason they are even considered bad. While some disabilities are indeed only bad because of social discrimination, other disabilities are still inherently bad for people. I need this paper to support my argument. The outline of how this paper should be written is below. Here is what your draft should look like: • In your first paragraph, give a short introduction to the topic of your essay. Keep this introduction brief and avoid grand statements such as “since the beginning of time…” or “one of the biggest questions we face today…”. Then, state your thesis and give a reader a preview of the content and structure of your essay. • In one to three paragraphs, provide your positive arguments for your thesis. Limit yourself to one to three arguments and develop these arguments in detail. Do not jump around between a barrage of different points. • In one paragraph, present an objection to your thesis. • In one paragraph, respond to the objection. • In a very brief concluding paragraph, summarize what you have argued in your paper. Do not bring up any new ideas or questions in your conclusion. • Include a Works Cited section. Additional instructions: • Unlike in many other disciplines, in philosophy, we generally write in the first person. E.g. “I will argue…” • Use informative topic sentences and appropriate transition phrases (“signposts”) throughout your essay to guide your reader along. • Use quotes sparingly. Try to say things in your own words where possible. Definitions are an exception; keep those unaltered. • Provide in-text references whenever you paraphrase an author or summarize an author’s ideas. • Cite a minimum of two texts that we read in class. That’s just the minimum, though. You are welcome to cite more texts and to engage with outside sources as well. • Keep your writing simple and to the point. Avoid lengthy sentences, wordiness, ambiguity, and obscure formulations. When it comes to writing a philosophy essay, it’s much more important that your writing is clear than that it is pretty. Don’t try to sound “fancy;” the simpler your writing, the better.