Recognition, Responsibility, and Rights: Feminist Ethics and Social Theory

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2003 - Philosophy - 233 pages
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In the words of Catharine MacKinnon, 'a woman is not yet a name for a way of being human.' In other words, women are still excluded, as authors and agents, from identifying what it is to be human and what therefore violates the dignity and integrity of humans. Recognition, Responsibility, and Rights is written in response to that failure. This collection of essays by prominent feminist thinkers advances the positive feminist project of remapping the moral landscape by developing theory that acknowledges the diversity of women. This book is the first volume in a new series of edited collections showcasing the best new work in feminist theory that has emerged from the group Feminist Ethics and Social Theory (FEAST). FEAST advances the goal of a feminist ethico-politics by creating an organization and a body of work in which feminist ethicists and feminist social theorists join forces to produce a politically effective feminist ethics. In this first volume, essayists address that goal by analyzing gender with respect to three key ethical concepts: recognition, responsibility, and rights.
 

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Contents

Lived Body versus Gender Reflections on Social Structure and Subjectivity
3
Gendered Work and Individual Autonomy
19
The Role of Recognition in the Formation of SelfUnderstanding
37
Can There Be a Queer Politics of Recognition?
53
Anorexia Nervosa and Our Unreasonable Perceptions
67
The Impurities of Epistemic Responsibility Developing a PracticeOriented Epistemology
89
Memoirs of the Sick and the Queer Genre and the Possibility of Oppositional Subjectivity
105
Integrity and Vulnerability
119
Talking Back to Feminist Postmodernism Toward a New Radical Feminist Interpretation of the Body
143
Truth and Voice in Womens Rights
169
Globalizing Womens Rights Building a Global Public Sphere
181
Vulnerable Women and Neoliberal Globalization Debt Burdens Undermine Womens Health in the Global South
195
Works Cited
211
Index
225
About the Contributors
229
About FEAST
233

PhysicianAssisted Suicide and Euthanasia Weighing Feminist Concerns
131

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Robin N. Fiore is assistant professor of philosophy at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida and is associate faculty in the Comparative Studies Ph.D. Program for Public Intellectuals and in Women Studies. Hilde Lindemann Nelson is associate professor in the Philosophy Department at Michigan State University.

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