Ecofeminist Philosophy: A Western Perspective on What It Is and Why It Matters / Edition 1

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Overview

How are the unjustified dominations of women and other humans connected to the unjustified domination of animals and nonhuman nature? What are the characteristics of oppressive conceptual frameworks and systems of unjustified domination? How does an ecofeminist perspective help one understand issues of environmental and social justice? In this important new work, Karen J. Warren answers these and other questions from a Western perspective. Warren looks at the variety of positions in ecofeminism, the distinctive nature of ecofeminist philosophy, ecofeminism as an ecological position, and other aspects of the movement to reveal its significance to both understanding and creatively changing patriarchal (and other) systems of unjustified domination.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice
Warren has provided a useful book for feminist and environmental philosophy instruction. She makes a number of interesting arguments in very accessible ways in chapters on vegeterianism, social justice, spirituality, and ecofeminism as a particularly Western philosophical movement. This informative overview and set of arguments about ecofeminism as a productive philosophical and social movement is a very useful resource for academic libraries.
Feminist Theory
Warren is a key thinker in this field, and the philosophical enquiry here is exemplary in its detail: terms are rigorously defined, arguments move by careful and clearly indicated steps, and the material is presented with painstaking care for thorough explanation.
Environmental Values
This is a welcome project, as a philosophically inclined yet accessible introductory book on ecofeminism is long overdue, and especially welcome from an established ecofeminist.
Environmental Politics
This book is highly recommended especially for those who believe that ecofeminism has a lot to offer in guiding attempts to reach a greener society.
Nwsa Journal
A well-organized explication of the ideology that perpetuates the domination of women and nature. It would make an excellent introductory textbook for a class on environmental philosophy, feminist studies, or ecofeminism. It is clear and concise. Because of its accessible style, the book will serve particularly well as an introduction to ecofeminism. Finally, because of the discussions regarding moral pluralism and the reconciliation of holism with individualism, the book also captures a somewhat higher level of intellectual interest. Ecofeminist Philosphy embodies a rare blend of accessibility and wide-ranging synthesis of debates in the field. Even more rare is her analysis opening onto avenues for further inquiry, which renders the book highly recommendable for almost anyone to read, whether student, philosopher, feminist, environmentalist, or simply the curious.
Ethics
A treasure tove of discussions in ecofeminist philosophy that people will draw on for years to come.
CHOICE
Warren has provided a useful book for feminist and environmental philosophy instruction. She makes a number of interesting arguments in very accessible ways in chapters on vegeterianism, social justice, spirituality, and ecofeminism as a particularly Western philosophical movement. This informative overview and set of arguments about ecofeminism as a productive philosophical and social movement is a very useful resource for academic libraries.
Feminist Formations
A well-organized explication of the ideology that perpetuates the domination of women and nature. It would make an excellent introductory textbook for a class on environmental philosophy, feminist studies, or ecofeminism. It is clear and concise. Because of its accessible style, the book will serve particularly well as an introduction to ecofeminism. Finally, because of the discussions regarding moral pluralism and the reconciliation of holism with individualism, the book also captures a somewhat higher level of intellectual interest. Ecofeminist Philosphy embodies a rare blend of accessibility and wide-ranging synthesis of debates in the field. Even more rare is her analysis opening onto avenues for further inquiry, which renders the book highly recommendable for almost anyone to read, whether student, philosopher, feminist, environmentalist, or simply the curious.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847692996
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Series: Studies in Social, Political, and Legal Philosophy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,202,191
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen J. Warren is professor of philosophy at Macalester College.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Nature Is a Feminist Issue: Motivating Ecofeminism by Taking Empirical Data Seriously Chapter 2 What Are Ecofeminists Saying? An Overview of Ecofeminist Positions Chapter 3 Quilting Ecofeminist Philosophy: A Western Perspective on What Ecofeminist Philosophy Is Chapter 4 How Should We Treat Nature? Ecofeminist Philosophy and Environmental Ethics Chapter 5 Ethics in a Fruit Bowl: Ecofeminist Ethics Chapter 6 Must Everyone Be Vegetarian? Ecofeminist Philosophy and Animal Welfarism Chapter 7 What Is Ecological about Ecofeminist Philosophy? Ecofeminist Philosophy, Ecosystem Ecology, and Leopold's Land Ethic Chapter 8 With Justice for All: Ecofeminist Philosophy and Social Justice Chapter 9 Surviving Patriarchy: Ecofeminist Philosophy and Spirituality

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2001

    Ecofeminist Philosophy

    ECOFEMINIST PHILOSOPHY A WESTERN PERSPECTIVE ON WHAT IT IS AND WHY IT MATTERS By Karen J. Warren Rowman and Littlefield, 230 pages. A Review by Wendell G. Bradley Warren calls herself a `street philosopher¿. And, true to her calling, this professor of philosophy at Macalester College reaches the ordinary reader on important issues. Ordinary philosophy is already superseded in chapter one entitled: `Nature is a Feminist Issue¿. Women, world-wide, are shown to experience environmental harm disproportionately. And, they are organizing, as women, against related dominations. For Warren, dominations tend to follow whenever (allegedly) ethically relevant hierarchies designate their `others¿ as inferiors. Subordinations, however, have to be first justified by `a logic of domination¿. Humans, for example, might be deemed superior to nature because they have the ability to manipulate it. But, without a logic of domination, `superiority¿ could just as well lead to stewardship. Patriarchy provides our current logic of domination. Under its conceptual framework, men become associated with reason and volition (read: intelligence and public roles). The result is a prevailing male-other bias that links women and nature--women too naturally something, to be allowed this or that. Accordingly, Warren recognizes both gender and ecology as good points of departure for an environmental ethic, hence ecofeminism. Warren begins her `quilting¿ of an ecofeminist philosophy in chapter three. Here, she masterfully interrogates and reconceptualizes the reductive and essentialist rationality of today¿s male-other bias. Various belief examinations arise from the `cognitive dissonances¿ she brings to light in an examined patriarchy. At a minimum our loss of ecological integrity has required justification via a logic of domination. Our human spirit, however, can become caring enough to resist oppressions and destructions, especially in one¿s home place. Accordingly, Warren introduces a `care-sensitive¿ ethic. It is characterized by a `loving eye¿ that focuses on a contextual orientation, a more optimistic understanding of self, an inclusivist ethical pluralism, incorporations of emotional intelligence, and a nonprivileging social justice. Through our spiritual ability to care, these qualities combine to make nature `morally deserving¿. Thus, Warren¿s care-sensitive ethic makes a fundamental contribution to a possible ecological flourishing. The idea of ecofeminism, itself, is not particularly new, but Warren¿s insights, clarifications and arguments are. Her overall philosophical synthesis is both refreshing and convincing. Wendell G. Bradley, is a retired professor of Human Ecology and author of `The Gift of Morality¿ He lives in Colorado.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2000

    Life Changing Book

    'Ecofeminist Philosophy' by Karen Warren is a must read by anyone interested in women, children, the environment, 'care-sensitive ethics,' world cultures, and the future of our earth and all its creatures (including: 'women-other human Others'). Her writing style welcomes readers of all abilities, backgrounds, and philosophies. If you have limited knowledge of women, the environment, and/or nature this book is the PERFECT place to start!!!! Karen uses multiple examples and analogies throughout the book, offering an understanding for individuals who have different styles of learning. AND... a clear, accurate, and thorough index is user friendly! This book has changed my life. I have gained a greater, clearer, more wholesome view of and genuine respect for the world, 3rd world nations, my country, women, the environment, and myself.

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