Just Life: Bioethics and the Future of Sexual Difference

Paperback | March 1, 2016

byMary C. 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 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:March 1, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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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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In this original approach to bioethics, philosophy, and feminism, Rawlinson ranges over the history of philosophy and provides fresh interpretations of Antigone and Ismene, Demeter and Persephone. She imaginatively combines theoretical discussions with concrete phenomenological discussions of eating as an ethical issue and the working lives of women. Throughout her discussions are thought-provoking, imaginative, and illuminating.