Dyslexia as 'paradox'


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AbstractThis article is written by a dyslexic scholar in opposition to the psychological discourse on dyslexia. The methodological approach adopted is ordinary language philosophy; I argue that dyslexia is a paradoxical concept. As such, dyslexia as a concept lacks clarity and cohesion. The alternative concept of Lexism (the Othering of and discrimination against dyslexics by normative practices and assumptions of literacy) is a more helpful concept for those who wish to understand the nature of a dyslexic's existence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)440-449
Number of pages10
JournalBritish Journal of Special Education
Issue number4
Early online date4 Sept 2023
Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2023


  • Dyslexia
  • Lexism
  • Ordinary Language
  • Philosophy


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