Moral Understandings: A Feminist Study in Ethics

Paperback | September 25, 2007

byMargaret Urban Walker

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This is a revised edition of Walker's well-known book in feminist ethics first published in 1997. Walker's book proposes a view of morality and an approach to ethical theory which uses the critical insights of feminism and race theory to rethink the epistemological and moral position of theethical theorist, and how moral theory is inescapably shaped by culture and history. The main gist of her book is that morality is embodied in "practices of responsibility" that express our identities, values, and connections to others in socially patterned ways. Thus ethical theory needs to beempirically informed and politically critical to avoid reiterating forms of socially entrenched bias. Responsible ethical theory should reveal and question the moral significance of social differences. The book engages with, and challenges, the work of contemporary analytic philosophers inethics.

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This is a revised edition of Walker's well-known book in feminist ethics first published in 1997. Walker's book proposes a view of morality and an approach to ethical theory which uses the critical insights of feminism and race theory to rethink the epistemological and moral position of theethical theorist, and how moral theory is ines...

Margaret Urban Walker is Lincoln Professor of Ethics and Professor of Philosophy at Arizona State University. She is author of Moral Contexts and Moral Repair: Reconstructing Moral Relations After Wrongdoing, and editor of Mother Time: Women, Aging and Ethics and Moral Psychology: Feminist Ethics and Social Theory, with Peggy DesAutel...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.79 inPublished:September 25, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195315405

ISBN - 13:9780195315400

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second EditionPreface the First editionPart One. The Mis-en-scene: Moral Philosophy Now1. The Subject of Moral Philosophy, with Postscript, 20072. Where Do Moral Theories Come From? Henry Sidgwick and Twentieth Century EthicsPart Two. Clearer Views: An Expressive-Collaborative Model3. Authority and Transparency; The Examples of Feminist Skepticism4. Charting Responsibilities: From Established Coordinates to Terra IncognitaPart Three. Self- (and Other) Portraits: Who Are We, and How Do We Know?5. Picking Up Pieces: Lives, Stories and Integrity6. Career Selves: Plans, Projects, and Plots in "Whole Life ethics"7. Made A Slave, Born a Woman: Knowing Others' Places8. Unnecessary Identities: Representational Practices and Moral RecognitionPart Four: Testing Sight Lines9. The Politics of Transparency and the Moral Work of Truth10. Peripheral Visions, Critical PracticeEpilogue: Some Questions About Moral UnderstandingsNotesBibliography