Historical-Analytical Studies on Nature, Mind and Action

An Aristotelian Feminism

Authors: Borden Sharkey, Sarah

  • Argues that, had Aristotle been faithful to his best insights, he would have been a feminist
  • Presents a new version of the feminist that can help address significant social issues
  • Offers the first substantive appropriation of Aristotle’s metaphysics for feminist purposes
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This book articulates the theoretical outlines of a feminism developed from Aristotle’s metaphysics, making a new contribution to feminist theory. Readers will discover why Aristotle was not a feminist and how he might have become one, through an investigation of Aristotle and Aristotelian tradition. The author shows how Aristotle’s metaphysics can be used to articulate a particularly subtle and theoretically powerful understanding of gender that may offer a highly useful tool for distinctively feminist arguments.

This work builds on Martha Nussbaum’s ‘capabilities approach’ in a more explicitly and thoroughly hylomorphist way. The author shows how Aristotle’s hylomorphic model, developed to run between the extremes of Platonic dualism and Democritean atomism, can similarly be used today to articulate a view of gender that takes bodily differences seriously without reducing gender to biological determinations.

Although written for theorists, this scholarly yet accessible book can be used to address more practical issues and the final chapter explores women in universities as one example. This book will appeal to both feminists with limited familiarity with Aristotle’s philosophy, and scholars of Aristotle with limited familiarity with feminism.

About the authors

Dr. Sarah Borden Sharkey, Professor of Philosophy, Wheaton College, earned her Ph.D. from Fordham University.  Her interests focus on the relevance of classical and medieval ideas for contemporary discussions.  She has written extensively on Edith Stein, including Edith Stein, in the series Outstanding Christian Thinkers (Continuum, 2003) and Thine Own Self: Individuality in Edith Stein’s Later Writings (Catholic University of America Press, 2009), as well as a co-edited volume on Stein’s writings on Teresa of Avila (Institute of Carmelite Studies Publications, 2015).  

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Nussbaum, Capabilities, and Biology

    Borden Sharkey, Sarah

    Pages 1-33

  • An Aristotelian Account of Sex and Gender

    Borden Sharkey, Sarah

    Pages 35-57

  • Possibilities Beyond the Bare-Bones

    Borden Sharkey, Sarah

    Pages 59-79

  • Why Aristotle Was Not a Feminist

    Borden Sharkey, Sarah

    Pages 81-111

  • How Aristotle Might Have Become a Feminist

    Borden Sharkey, Sarah

    Pages 113-136

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eBook $79.99
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Hardcover $99.99
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
An Aristotelian Feminism
Authors
Series Title
Historical-Analytical Studies on Nature, Mind and Action
Series Volume
1
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-29847-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-29847-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-29846-7
Series ISSN
2509-4793
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 167
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