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

Editors: Tessman, Lisa (Ed.)

  • 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
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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.

About the authors

Lisa Tessman is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies at Binghamton University, where she directs the graduate program in Social, Political, Ethical and Legal Philosophy (SPEL). Her research, which takes a feminist approach, focuses on ethics with special attention to virtue ethics and eudiamonism, the ethics of liberatory political struggles, the place for normative ideals in non-ideal theorizing, and the concept of a moral dilemma. She has published a collection that she co-edited with Bat-Ami Bar On called _Jewish Locations: Traversing Racialized Landscapes_ (Rowman and Littlefield, 2001), a monograph called _Burdened Virtues: Virtue Ethics for Liberatory Struggles_ (Oxford University Press, 2005), and various articles and book chapters. She is currently working on a monograph that focuses on the dilemmatic character of moral life, particularly under conditions of oppression.

Reviews

From the reviews:

“This collection is divided in four parts each comprising four chapters plus a useful introduction by Lisa Tessman. … All in all this is a collection worthy of note. It contains a variety of articles, generally well written and accessible that should be useful to all those interested in feminist ethics and politics … .” (Raffaele Rodogno, Metapsychology Online Reviews, Vol. 15 (14), April, 2011)

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Normativity, Feminism, and Politics

    On, Bat-Ami Bar

    Pages 3-23

  • Ethical Reasons and Political Commitments

    Rivera, Lisa

    Pages 25-45

  • Feminist Eudaimonism: Eudaimonism as Non-Ideal Theory

    Tessman, Lisa

    Pages 47-58

  • L’Imagination au Pouvoir: Comparing John Rawls’s Method of Ideal Theory with Iris Marion Young’s Method of Critical Theory

    Jaggar, Alison M.

    Pages 59-66

  • Conjoined Twins, Embodied Personhood, and Surgical Separation

    Overall, Christine

    Pages 69-84

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Feminist Ethics and Social and Political Philosophy: Theorizing the Non-Ideal
Editors
  • Lisa Tessman
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-6841-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-6841-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-6840-9
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9057-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVI, 301
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