Beyond the Margins: Reflections of a Feminist Philosopher

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SUNY Press, Nov 6, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 245 pages
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Presenting essays rich with her own personal experiences, philosopher Linda A. Bell examines not only her own life but also problems arising from ways that living affects thinking. She reflects on her own experience in order to challenge a variety of provocative claims, including: that affirmative action harms those it is designed to help; that suicide, while perhaps acceptable for some with fatal diseases, is otherwise a manifestation of mental illness; that women are to blame for male violence toward them if they don’t leave the relationships; that a low profile is the best path to success for women in academe; that women are treated fairly in academe, perhaps even better than men; and that “political correctness” is a recent and aberrant move away from respect for freedom of speech. Although drawing from experience as she creates and critiques theory, Bell argues against the view that it is the bedrock of theory.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
REMEMBERING A LIFE
13
PHILOSOPHYA LIFELINE
15
WITHIN SOME NOTSOHALLOWED HALLS OF IVY MID LATE 1960s
21
UNWRAPPING ANGER
37
A CHINESE FORTUNE COOKIE
51
NO I DIDNT LEAVE A CAUTIONARY TALE
57
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION POSTER PROFESSOR
63
TWO DAYS IN THE LIFE OF AN ACADEMIC FEMINIST MID 1990s
107
AN AUNTS DEATH 1997
113
HOW THEORY EMERGES FROM INCORPORATES AND CHALLENGES SUCH EXPERIENCES
119
DIFFERENT OPPRESSIONS A FEMINIST EXPLORATION OF SARTRES ANTISEMITE AND JEW
121
FRIENDSHIP LOVE AND EXPERIENCE
141
IM SORT OF WHITE AND MOSTLY MIDDLE CLASSWANT TO MAKE SOMETHING OF IT?
155
IDENTITY POLITICS STANDPOINT THEORY AND OBJECTIVITY AN ONGOING ARGUMENT WITH MY FRIEND DIANE L FOWLKES
179
CALVIN HEARS A WHO CALVIN O SCHRAG AND POSTMODERN SELVES
201

A SKETCHY HISTORY OF POLITICAL INCORRECTNESS AS EXPERIENCED BY A SURVIVOR
73
DO YOU OR DOES SOMEONE YOU KNOW HAVE VAGINAL FORTITUDE?
83
INDIVIDUAL NEED AND SOCIETAL CHANGE A BALANCING ACT INSPIRED BY VIRGINIA WOOLF
87
CAN MEN REALLY NOT CONTROL THEMSELVES? A RESPONSE TO CAMILLE PAGLIA 1991
91
FOCUSING ON VIOLENCE WHILE EMPOWERING ITS VICTIMS
95
A TENTATIVE CONCLUSION
213
NOTES
221
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
235
INDEX
241
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Linda A. Bell is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Women's Studies Institute at Georgia State University. She is the author of Visions of Women; Sartre's Ethics of Authenticity; and Rethinking Ethics in the Midst of Violence: A Feminist Approach to Freedom; and the coeditor (with David Blumenfeld) of Overcoming Racism and Sexism.

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