Accountability, autism, and friendship with God
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David Shoemaker has argued that autistic persons cannot be held accountable and are not members of the moral community. Arguing against this conclusion, this article both corrects the view of autism contained in Shoemaker’s paper and resituates his theory of accountability within a Christian virtue ethic based on the gift of friendship. The call to be accountable to God for one’s life contains within it the gift of God’s friendship and does not require the capacity for empathy (contra Shoemaker) or joint attention (contra Pinsent) as a prerequisite. Instead, the inclusion of autistic people within the moral community created by the call of God highlights that accountability is a grace given for the flourishing of all persons.
Leidenhag , J 2021 , ' Accountability, autism, and friendship with God ' , Studies in Christian Ethics , vol. 34 , no. 3 , pp. 347-359 . https://doi.org/10.1177/09539468211009759
Studies in Christian Ethics
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