Ethics: Classical Western Texts in Feminist and Multicultural Perspectives

Paperback | December 15, 1999

EditorJames P. Sterba

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Ethics: Classical Western Texts in Feminist and Multicultural Perspectives offers students a unique introduction to ethics by integrating the historical development of Western moral philosophy with both feminist and multicultural approaches. Engaging and accessible, it provides an introductorysampling of several of the classical works of the Western tradition in ethics and then situates these readings within feminist and multicultural perspectives so that they can be better understood and evaluated in our contemporary environment. While some of the non-Western works parallel the viewsdefended in the Western works (e.g., Confucius's work echoes that of Plato or Aristotle), others question the Western perspectives (e.g., American Indian works provide an interesting challenge to Western moral philosophy). Confucius, Jorge Valadez, Ward Churchill, Moshoeshoe II, and Eagle Manpresent multicultural perspectives to the works of Plato, Aristotle, Hume, Kant, Nietzsche, Sartre, Rawls, MacIntyre, Korsgaard, and others. Noted feminists Christine de Pizan, Simone de Beauvoir, Carol Gilligan, Annette Baier, Susan Okin, and Rosemarie Radford Ruether also offer alternative views.Ideal for courses in introduction to ethics, history of ethics, and feminist ethics, Ethics: Classical Western Texts in Feminist and Multicultural Perspectives is also intriguing reading for interested general readers.

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Ethics: Classical Western Texts in Feminist and Multicultural Perspectives offers students a unique introduction to ethics by integrating the historical development of Western moral philosophy with both feminist and multicultural approaches. Engaging and accessible, it provides an introductorysampling of several of the classical works ...

James P. Sterba is at University of Notre Dame.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:December 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceGeneral IntroductionI. PLATO1. Plato, The Republic2. Julia Annas, Plato's Republic and Feminism3. Confucius, The AnalectsII. ARISTOTLE AND MUSONIUS RUFUS4. Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics5. Aristotle, Politics6. Musonius Rufus, Discourses7. Eve Browning Cole, Women, Slaves, and "Love of Toil" in Aristotle's Moral Philosophy8. Chuang Tzu, The Book of Chuang TzuIII. AUGUSTINE9. Augustine, The City of God10. Augustine, Confessions11. Rosemary Radford Ruether, Misogynism and Virginal Feminism in the Fathers of the Church12. Jorge Valadez, Pre-Columbian Philosophical PerspectivesIV. AQUINAS AND CHRISTINE DE PIZAN13. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Contra Gentiles14. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica15. Christine de Pizan, The Book of the City of Ladies16. Eleanor McLaughlin, Equality of Souls, Inequality of Sexes: Women in Medieval Theology17. Maimonides, Guide for the PerplexedV. HUME18. David Hume, Treatise of Human Nature19. Annette C. Baier, Hume, the Women's Moral Theorist?20. Ewe ProverbsVI. KANT21. Immanuel Kant, Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Morals22. Immanuel Kant, On the Sublime and the Beautiful23. Rae Langton, Maria von Herbert's Challenge to Kant24. The Bhagavad GitaVII. MILL AND HARRIET TAYLOR25. John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism26. John Stuart Mill, The Subjection of Women27. Harriet Taylor, The Enfranchisement of Women28. Maria H. Morales, Utility and Perfect Equality29. Mo Tzu, Universal LoveVIII. NIETZSCHE30. Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil31. Kathryn Pyne Addelson, Nietzsche and Moral Change32. Mervyn Sprung, Nietzsche's Trans-European EyeIX. SARTRE AND DE BEAUVOIR33. Jean-Paul Sartre, Existentialism Is a Humanism34. Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex35. Elizabeth V. Spelman, Simone de Beauvoir and Women: Just Who Does She Think "We" Is?36. Eagle Man, We Are all RelatedX. RAWLS AND HARE37. John Rawls, A Theory of Justice38. R.M. Hare, The Structure of Ethics and Morals39. Lynne S. Arnault, The Radical Future of Hare's Moral Theory40. Ward Churchill, Perversions of Justice: A Native-American Examination of the Doctrine of U.S. Rights to Occupancy in North AmericaXI. MACINTYRE AND NUSSBAUM41. Alasdair MacIntyre, The Nature of Virtues42. Martha Nussbaum, Non-Relative Virtues: An Aristotelian Approach43. Susan Okin, Whose Traditions?44. Xiaorong Li, Gender Inequality in China and Cultural RelativismXII. GEWIRTH AND KORSGAARD45. Alan Gewirth, The Justificatory Argument for Human Rights46. Christine Korsgaard, The Sources of Normativity47. James P. Sterba, The Justification of Morality and the Behavior of Women48. Moshoeshoe II, Harmony with Nature and Indigenous African CultureXIII. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. AND CAROL GILLIGAN49. Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham City Jail50. Martin Luther King Jr., I Have a Dream51. Carol Gilligan, Moral Orientation and Moral DevelopmentConcluding Feminist and Multicultural PostscriptEach section opens with an Introduction and concludes with Recommended Readings

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