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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.
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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages13
JournalStudies in Christian Ethics
VolumeOnlineFirst
Early online date10 Apr 2021
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 Apr 2021

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  • Accountability, Autism, Empathy, Friendship, Shoemaker, Virtue

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