Disability and Happiness

Carlo Francescutti


Scientific literature has often struggled to believe that a
person with disability can be happy. When the empirical evidence
seemed to support this possibility, the term “disability
paradox” was invented to explain this improbable condition.
The article traces the development of this thought in scientific
literature trying to underline its inconsistencies and highlighting
how often common sense more than scientific rigor
seems to guide research work in this field of analysis. Nothing
prevents a person with a disability from being happy both
form the hedonic and eudaimonic perspectives. However, at
the same time, nothing assures that this happens with the rest
of humanity. Following the analysis of Reinders we support
the idea that a life story provides the hermeneutical context
within which agent-relative capabilities and happiness can be
discovered and realized.


disability; happiness; disability paradox; hedonic adaptation; quality of life.


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ISSN: 2465-0315

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