Essays on Ethics and Feminism

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bySabina Lovibond

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Essays on Ethics and Feminism is a selection of the shorter writings of Sabina Lovibond, one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary philosophy since the 1980s. This work lays claim to a broad thematic unity based on its affiliation to the realist or rationalist tradition in moralphilosophy. Some of the essays seek to clarify the relation of feminism to that tradition and to current anti-rationalist tendencies: especially important here are the status and prospects of normativity, autonomy, purposive action, and other conceptual resources for critical thinking which werecalled into question over (roughly) the last third of the twentieth century - not least by feminist writers heedful of "continental" European developments. The book as a whole is concerned with fundamental ethical questions, including, but not restricted to, questions of feminist ethics - such asthe nature of value and the good life; moral requirements and their associated epistemology; character-formation and the ideological critique of the processes by which this is carried out. The essays deploy ideas drawn both from Platonic-Aristotelian and from Kantian ethics, as well as from later Wittgenstein. However, they also attempt to respond to the destabilizing impact of Nietzschean and postmodernist thought. The writing is addressed to those engaged in, or with some interestin, academic philosophy and draws on a wide range of philosophical source materials, but avoids unnecessary technicality. In the same way, it should appeal to those with a pre-existing interest in academic feminism (and in some forms of feminist activism), but could also serve to draw new readersinto the domain of feminist thought.

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Essays on Ethics and Feminism is a selection of the shorter writings of Sabina Lovibond, one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary philosophy since the 1980s. This work lays claim to a broad thematic unity based on its affiliation to the realist or rationalist tradition in moralphilosophy. Some of the essays seek to clarify th...

Sabina Lovibond is an Emeritus Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford, where she taught Philosophy from 1982 to 2011. Her work has been mainly in ethics and feminist theory, but with some continuing influence from ancient philosophy and from the later philosophy of Wittgenstein.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.89 inPublished:November 8, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. Feminism and Postmodernism2. Feminism and Pragmatism: A Reply to Richard Rorty3. Feminism and the 'Crisis of Rationality'4. Meaning What We Say: Feminist Ethics and the Critique of Humanism5. The Feminist Stake in Greek Rationalism6. 'Gendering' as an Ethical Concept7. Ethical Upbringing: From Connivance to Cognition8. Absolute Prohibitions without Divine Promises9. Religion and Modernity: Living in the Hypercontext10. 'In Spite of the Misery of the World': Ethics, Contemplation, and the Source of Value11. 'Ethical Living' in the Media and in Philosophy12. Selflessness and Other Moral Baggage13. Nietzsche on Distance, Beauty, and Truth14. Iris Murdoch and the Ambiguity of FreedomBibliographyAcknowledgementsIndex