Vulnerability: New Essays in Ethics and Feminist Philosophy

Paperback | December 3, 2013

EditorCatriona Mackenzie, Wendy Rogers, Susan Dodds

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The aim of this volume is to open up reflection on the nature of vulnerability, the responsibilities owed to the vulnerable, who bears these responsibilities, and how they are best fulfilled. In canvassing responses to these questions, the contributors engage with a range of ethical traditionsand with issues in contemporary political philosophy and bioethics. Some essays in the volume explore the connections between vulnerability, autonomy, dignity, and justice. Other essays engage with a feminist ethics of care to articulate the relationship between vulnerability, dependence, and care. These theoretical approaches are complemented by detailed examination of vulnerability in specific contexts, including disability; responsibilities to children; intergenerational justice; and care of the elderly. The essays thus address fundamental questions concerning our moral duties to each otheras individuals and as citizens. Contributing significantly to the development of an ethics of vulnerability, this volume opens up promising avenues for future research in feminist philosophy, moral and political philosophy, and bioethics.

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The aim of this volume is to open up reflection on the nature of vulnerability, the responsibilities owed to the vulnerable, who bears these responsibilities, and how they are best fulfilled. In canvassing responses to these questions, the contributors engage with a range of ethical traditionsand with issues in contemporary political p...

Catriona Mackenzie is Professor of Philosophy and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts at Macquarie University, Sydney. She has published extensively in moral psychology, feminist philosophy and applied ethics. Within these areas she is known especially for her work on relational autonomy and practical identity. Wendy Rogers is Profes...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:December 3, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Notes on ContributorsAcknowledgmentsCatriona Mackenzie, Wendy Rogers, Susan Dodds: Introduction: What Is Vulnerability and Why Does It Matter for Moral Theory?Part I: Reflections on Vulnerability1. Catriona MacKenzie: The Importance of Relational Autonomy and Capabilities for an Ethics of Vulnerability2. Wendy Rogers: Vulnerability and Bioethics3. Paul Formosa: The Role of Vulnerability in Kantian Ethics4. Margaret Urban Walker: Moral Vulnerability and the Task of Reparations5. Joel Anderson: Autonomy and Vulnerability Entwined6. Janna Thompson: Being in Time: Ethics and Temporal VulnerabilityPart II: Vulnerability, Dependency and Care7. Susan Dodds: Dependence, care and vulnerability8. Jackie Leach Scully: Disability and Vulnerability: on Bodies, Dependence and Power9. Marilyn Friedman: Moral Responsibility for Coerced Wrongdoing: the Case of Abused Women Who "Fail to Protect" Their Children10. Mianna Lotz: Parental Values and Children's Vulnerability11. Amy Mullin: Children, Vulnerability, and Emotional Harm12. Rosemarie Tong: Vulnerability and Aging in the Context of Care