Moral Voices, Moral Selves: Carol Gilligan and Feminist Moral Theory

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John Wiley & Sons, Jul 3, 2013 - Philosophy - 208 pages
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This book is an original discussion of key problems in moraltheory. The author argues that the work of recent feministtheorists in this area, particularly that of Carol Gilligan, marksa radically new departure in moral thinking. Gilligan claims thatthere is not only one true, moral voice, but two: one masculine,one feminine. Moral values and concerns associated with a feminineoutlook are relational rather than autonomous; they depend uponinteraction with others.

In a far-reaching examination and critique of Gilligan's theory,Hekman seeks to deconstruct the major traditions of moral theorywhich have been dominant since the Enlightenment. She challengesthe centrepiece of that tradition: the disembodied, autonomoussubject of modernist philosophy. Gilligan's approach transformsmoral theory from the study of abstract universal principles to theanalysis of moral claims situated in the interactions of people indefinite social contexts. Hekman argues that Gilligan's approachentails a multiplicity of moral voices, not just one or eventwo.

This book addresses moral problems in a challenging way and willfind a wide readership among philosopher's, feminist thinkers andpsychologists.

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