Ecological Feminism

Ecological Feminism

by Karen J. Warren
     
 

Theories of ecological feminism see the patriarchal dominations of women and other social groups as parallel to man's exploitation of "nonhuman nature." Ecofeminists believe that environmental politics and philosophy are enriched by using gender as a focus, while also appreciating the necessity of an ecological dimension to any form of feminism. This ground-breaking… See more details below

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Theories of ecological feminism see the patriarchal dominations of women and other social groups as parallel to man's exploitation of "nonhuman nature." Ecofeminists believe that environmental politics and philosophy are enriched by using gender as a focus, while also appreciating the necessity of an ecological dimension to any form of feminism. This ground-breaking book offers the first survey of ecofeminism from a purely philosophical point of view; it is concerned with the conceptual underpinnings of and argumentative support for ecofeminism. The contributors also use the approaches and methodologies of ethics, epistemology and metaphysics to examine ecology's link with the women's movement. There is not one view of ecofeminism, any more than there is one feminism; Karen Warren has emphasized the importance of acknowledging this, and a plurality of views are represented in her collection. The essays in this volume deal with a wide variety of subjects - the essential distinction between the "ecofeminist" and the "ecofeminine," the link between violence and environmental exploitation, feminism's relationship to animal rights and how well the ecofeminist stance stands up to comparison with theories of "Deep Ecology". Ecological Feminism shows that the potential for a full understanding of man's domination of both women and the natural world can only be achieved by acknowledging the inextricable links between the two; it is important reading for feminists, philosophers, and environmentalists alike.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415072977
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/01/1994
Series:
Environmental Philosophies Series
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
Preface
Introduction1
1Is Ecofeminism Feminist?8
2Wrongs of Passage: Three challenges to the maturing of ecofeminism29
3Rethinking Again: A defense of ecofeminist philosophy42
4The Ecopolitics Debate and the Politics of Nature64
5Ecofeminism, Deep Ecology, and Human Population88
6The Limits of Partiality: Ecofeminism, animal rights, and environmental concern106
7Toward an Ecofeminist Moral Epistemology120
8Restructuring the Discursive Moral Subject in Ecological Feminism139
9Nature/Theory/Difference: Ecofeminism and the reconstruction of environmental ethics158
10Toward an Ecofeminist Peace Politics179
Index201

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