An Introduction to Feminist Philosophy

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Polity, Dec 17, 2007 - Philosophy - 238 pages
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This is the first book to offer a systematic account of feminist philosophy as a distinctive field of philosophy. The book introduces key issues and debates in feminist philosophy including: the nature of sex, gender, and the body; the relation between gender, sexuality, and sexual difference; whether there is anything that all women have in common; and the nature of birth and its centrality to human existence. An Introduction to Feminist Philosophy shows how feminist thinking on these and related topics has developed since the 1960s. The book also explains how feminist philosophy relates to the many forms of feminist politics.

The book provides clear, succinct and readable accounts of key feminist thinkers including de Beauvoir, Butler, Gilligan, Irigaray, and MacKinnon. The book also introduces other thinkers who have influenced feminist philosophy including Arendt, Foucault, Freud, and Lacan. Accessible in approach, this book is ideal for students and researchers interested in feminist philosophy, feminist theory, women's studies, and political theory. It will also appeal to the general reader.


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1 Sex
2 Gender
3 Sexuality
4 Sexual Difference
5 Essentialism
6 Birth
7 Feminism

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Page 12 - We identify the agents of our oppression as men. Male supremacy is the oldest, most basic form of domination. All other forms of exploitation and oppression ( racism, capitalism, imperialism, etc.) are extensions of male supremacy: men dominate women, a few men dominate the rest.

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Alison Stone is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Lancaster University.

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