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Feminist Ethics and Social and Political Philosophy: Theorizing the Non-Ideal

Tessman, Lisa (Ed.)

2009, XXVI, 301 p.

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  • Provides an up-to-date account of current work in the fields of feminist ethics and social and political philosophy
  • Reflects on the significance of the non-idealizing approach, inviting the reader to reconsider traditional idealizing approaches
  • Challenges traditional moral and political frameworks by positing a moral/political subject who is affected by systems of oppression
  • Addresses issues of gender, race, class, sexuality, nation, and ability as they intersect and in global contexts

Feminist Ethics and Social and Political Philosophy: Theorizing the Non-Ideal is a collection of feminist essays that self-consciously develop non-idealizing approaches to either ethics or social and political philosophy (or both). Characterizing feminist ethics and social and political philosophy as marked by a tendency to be non-idealizing serves to thematize the volume, while still allowing the essays to be diverse enough to constitute a representation of current work in the fields of feminist ethics and social and political philosophy.

Each of the essays either serves as an instance of work that is rooted in actual, non-ideal conditions, and that, as such, is able to consider any of the many questions relevant to subordinated people; or reflects theoretically on the significance of non-idealizing as an approach to feminist ethics or social and political philosophy.

The volume will be of interest to feminist scholars from all disciplines, to academics who are ethicists and political philosophers as well as to graduate students.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Feminist theory - John Rawls - Non-ideal theory - Political philosophy - Social theory - ethics - morality - politics

Related subjects » Applied Ethics & Social Responsibility - Epistemology & Philosophy of Science - Personality & Social Psychology - Political Science

Table of contents 

Acknowledgments.- Introduction; Lisa Tessman.- Section I: Feminist Theorizations of Ethics and Politics, and of the Ideal and Non-Ideal.- 1. Normativity, Feminism, and Politics; Bat-Ami Bar On.- 2. Ethical Reasons and Political Commitments; Lisa Rivera.- 3. Feminist Eudaimonism: Eudaimonism as Non-Ideal Theory; Lisa Tessman.- 4. L’Imagination au Pouvoir: Comparing John Rawls’s Method of Ideal Theory with Iris Marion Young’s Method of Critical Theory; Alison M. Jaggar.- Section II: Critiquing Idealized Characterizations of Personhood.- 5. Conjoined Twins, Embodied Personhood, and Surgical Separation; Christine Overall.- 6. The Ideology of the Normal: Desire, Ethics, and Kierkegaardian Critique; Ada S. Jaarsma.- 7. The Challenge of Care to Idealizing Theories of Distributive Justice; Anca Gheaus.- 8. The Ethics of Philosophizing: Ideal Theory and the Exclusion of People with Severe Cognitive Disabilities; Eva Feder Kittay.- Section III: Remaking the Moral and Political Subject.- 9. The Vulnerable Self: Enabling the Recognition of Racial Inequality; Desirée H. Melton.- 10. Anger, Virtue and Oppression; Macalester Bell.- 11. Practicing Imperfect Forgiveness; Alice MacLachlan.- 12. Feminist Political Solidarity; Sally J. Scholz.- Section IV: Contextualizing in Actualities.- 13. Resisting Organizational Power; Peggy DesAutels.- 14. Women and Violence: A Theory of Judgment; María Pía Lara.- 15. Narrative Structures, Narratives of Abuse, and Human Rights; Diana Tietjens Meyers.- 16. Women, Corporate Globalization, and Global Justice; Ann Ferguson.- Index.- About the Contributors.

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