Toward a Humanist Justice: The Political Philosophy of Susan Moller Okin

Hardcover | June 29, 2009

EditorDebra Satz, Rob Reich

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The late Susan Moller Okin was a leading political theorist whose scholarship integrated political philosophy and issues of gender, the family, and culture. Okin argued that liberalism, properly understood as a theory opposed to social hierarchies and supportive of individual freedom andequality, provided the tools for criticizing the substantial and systematic inequalities between men and women. Her thought was deeply informed by a feminist view that theories of justice must apply equally to women as men, and she was deeply engaged in showing how many past and present politicaltheories failed to do this. She sought to rehabilitate political theories--particularly that of liberal egalitarianism, in such a way as to accommodate the equality of the sexes, and with an eye toward improving the condition of women and families in a world of massive gender inequalities. In herlifetime Okin was widely respected as a scholar whose engagement went well beyond the world of theory, and her premature death in 2004 was considered by many a major blow to progressive political thought and women's interests around the world.This volume stems from a conference on Okin, and contains articles by some of the top feminist and political philosophers working today. They are organized around a set of themes central to Okin's work, namely liberal theory, gender and the family, feminist and cultural differences, and globaljustice. Included are major figures such as Joshua Cohen, David Miller, Cass Sunstein, Alison Jaggar, and Iris Marion Young, among others. Their aim is not to celebrate Okin's work, but to constructively engage with it and further its goals.

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The late Susan Moller Okin was a leading political theorist whose scholarship integrated political philosophy and issues of gender, the family, and culture. Okin argued that liberalism, properly understood as a theory opposed to social hierarchies and supportive of individual freedom andequality, provided the tools for criticizing the ...

Debra Satz is Marta Sutton Weeks professor of philosophy and, by courtesy, of political science at Stanford University. She is also director of the interdisciplinary program in Ethics in Society. She teaches courses in ethics, social and political philosophy, and philosophy of the social sciences. Within these fields, her research has...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 6.1 × 9.29 × 1.1 inPublished:June 29, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Debra Satz, and Rob Reich: Introduction: Toward a Humanist JusticePart 1: Rethinking Political Theory1. Nancy Rosenblum: Okin's Liberal Feminism as a Radical Political Theory2. Joshua Cohen: Justice and Gender: Reflections on Susan Moller Okin3. Elizabeth Wingrove: Okin's Contributions to the Study Of Gender in Political Theory4. John Tomasi: Can Feminism be Liberated from Governmentalism?Part II: Gender and the Family5. David Miller: Equality of Opportunity and the Family6. Molly Lynn Shanley: "No More Relevance than One's Eye Color": Justice and Okin's Genderless Society7. Cass Sunstein: On the Tension Between Sex Equality and Religious FreedomPart III: Feminism and Cultural Diversity8. Ayelet Shachar: From Liberal to Post-Colonial to Multicultural Feminism: Competing Approaches to the study of Gender, Citizenship and Fate of Religious Arbitration9. Alison Jaggar: Okin and the Challenge of Essentialism10. Chandran Kukathas: The Dilemma of a Dutiful Daughter: Love and Freedom in the Thought of KartiniPart IV: Development and Gender11. Robert Keohane: Reinventing Globalization to Reduce Gender Inequality12. Iris Marion Young: The Gendered Cycle of Vulnerability in the Less Developed WorldNotes on ContributorsBibliography