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"Empire of Normality" Reading Group

Facilitator: Kate Warlow-Corcoran


In this group, we will read and discuss Robert Chapman’s recently published book, Empire of Normality: Neurodiversity and Capitalism.

Dates and Times: 

Weekly from Tuesday 30 April to Tuesday 04 June 2024

11am PT/2pm ET/7pm UK/8pm CET (on Zoom)

Each session will last one hour

About the book: 

Neurodiversity is on the rise. Awareness and diagnoses have exploded in recent years, but we are still missing a wider understanding of how we got here and why. Beyond simplistic narratives of normativity and difference, this groundbreaking book exposes the very myth of the 'normal' brain as a product of intensified capitalism.

Exploring the rich histories of the neurodiversity and disability movements, Robert Chapman shows how the rise of capitalism created an 'empire of normality' that transformed our understanding of the body into that of a productivity machine.

Neurodivergent liberation is possible - but only by challenging the deepest logics of capitalism. Empire of Normality is an essential guide to understanding the systems that shape our bodies, minds and deepest selves - and how we can undo them.

Group Facilitator:

Kate Warlow-Corcoran. Kate is on the management team at The Philosopher, and is currently overseeing all our groups and classes. Her main philosophical interests are 19th and 20th Century European philosophy (particularly the work of Theodor Adorno) and contemporary philosophy of mind. She recently completed an MRes in Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Booking details: 

30 April to 04 June 2024 (weekly)

One hour sessions from 11am PT/2pm ET/7pm UK/8pm CET (on Zoom)

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