Just Life: Bioethics and the Future of Sexual Difference

Paperback | March 1, 2016

byMary Rawlinson

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Just Life reorients ethics and politics around the generativity of mothers and daughters rather than the right to property and the sexual proprieties of the oedipal drama. Invoking two concrete universals-everyone is born of a woman and everyone needs to eat-Rawlinson rethinks labor and food as relationships that make ethical claims and sustain agency. Just Life counters the capitalization of bodies under biopower with the solidarity of sovereign bodies.

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Just Life reorients ethics and politics around the generativity of mothers and daughters rather than the right to property and the sexual proprieties of the oedipal drama. Invoking two concrete universals-everyone is born of a woman and everyone needs to eat-Rawlinson rethinks labor and food as relationships that make ethical claims a...

Mary C. Rawlinson is professor and chair of philosophy at Stony Brook University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pagesPublished:March 1, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231171757

ISBN - 13:9780231171755

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Preface: On the Necessity of Universals in Philosophy and BioethicsAcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Our Time-Man, Money, MediaI. Critique of Rights1. State of Nature! Property, Propriety, and the Rights of Man2. Capitalized Bodies: Bioethics, Biopower, and the Practice of FreedomII. Refiguring Ethics3. Antigone and Ismene: Hard Heads, Hard Hearts, and the Claim of the Right4. Demeter and Persephone, "Unies Sous le Même Manteau"III. Livable Futures5. Eating at the Heart of Ethics6. A Working LifeIV. Sovereign Bodies: Politics of Wonder or the Right to Be JoyfulNotesBibliographyIndex

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This reorientation of ethics from rights to generativity provides a valuable resource in working toward eliminating those institutions, laws, and practices that threaten the generativity of women and nature.