Feminism and Philosophy: Essential Readings in Theory, Reinterpretation, and Application / Edition 1

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Overview


The past twenty years have seen an explosion of work by feminist philosophers and several surveys of this work have documented the richness of the many different ways of doing feminist philosophy. But this major new anthology is the first broad and inclusive selection of the most important work in this field.There are many unanswered questions about the future of feminist philosophy. Which of the many varieties of feminist philosophy will last, and which will fade away? What kinds of accommodations will be possible with mainstream non-feminist philosophy? Which will separate themselves and flourish on their own? To what extent will feminists change the topics philosophers address? To what extent will they change the very way in which philosophy is done?However these questions are answered, it is clear that feminist philosophy is having and will continue to have a major impact on the discipline of philosophy. This volume is the first to allow the scholar, the student, and other interested readers to sample this diverse literature and to ponder these questions for themselves.Organized around nine traditional “types” of feminist philosophy, Feminism and Philosophy is an imaginatively edited volume that will stimulate readers to explore many new pathways to understanding. It marks a defining moment in feminist philosophy, and it will be an essential text for philosophers and for feminist theorists in many other fields.
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An anthology of literature on feminist philosophy, highlighting liberal, Marxist, radical, psychoanalytic, socialist, and ecological perspectives, and postmodern feminism. Authors such as Catherine MacKinnon, Audre Lorde, and Susan Bordo discuss the sexual politics of the New Right; feminism, psychoanalysis, and the heterosexual imperative; and cultural feminism versus post-structuralism. Contains chapter bibliographies. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813322131
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 568
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Meet the Author


Nancy Tuana is professor of philosophy at the University of Oregon. She is the author of Woman and the History of Philosophy and The Less Noble Sex: Scientific, Religious, and Philosophical Conceptions of Woman's Nature, and editor of Feminism and Science and Feminist Interpretations of Plato. Rosemarie Tong is a Distinguished Professor of Health Care Ethics in the Department of Philosophy and Center for Professional Applied Ethics at the University of North Carolina.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Credits
Introduction 1
1 Liberal Feminist Perspectives 5
The Sexual Politics of the New Right: Understanding the "Crisis of Liberalism" for the 1980s 10
Early Liberal Roots of Feminism: John Locke and the Attack on Patriarchy 27
The Moral Significance of Birth 48
2 Marxist Feminist Perspectives 65
The Feminist Standpoint: Developing the Ground for a Specifically Feminist Historical Materialism 69
Reproducing Marxist Man 91
The Family as the Locus of Gender, Class, and Political Struggle: The Example of Housework 104
3 Radical Feminist Perspectives 131
Sexuality, Pornography, and Method: "Pleasure Under Patriarchy" 134
To Be and Be Seen: The Politics of Reality 162
Moral Revolution: From Antagonism to Cooperation 175
4 Psychoanalytic Feminist Perspectives 195
Family Structure and Feminine Personality 199
Political Philosophy and the Patriarchal Unconscious: A Psychoanalytic Perspective on Epistemology and Metaphysics 217
Feminism, Psychoanalysis, and the Heterosexual Imperative 247
5 Socialist Feminist Perspectives 261
Life Without Father: Reconsidering Socialist-Feminist Theory 265
What's Critical About Critical Theory? The Case of Habermas and Gender 272
The Politics of Socialist Feminism 299
6 Anarcha Feminist and Ecological Feminist Perspectives 327
Anarchism and Feminism 330
Healing the Wounds: Feminism, Ecology, and Nature/Culture Dualism 353
Bureaucracy and Public Life: The Femininization of the Polity 374
7 Phenomenological Feminist Perspectives 393
Toward a Phenomenology of Feminist Consciousness 396
Pregnant Embodiment: Subjectivity and Alienation 407
Breast Cancer: Power Versus Prosthesis 420
8 Postmodern Feminist Perspectives 431
Cultural Feminism Versus Post-Structuralism: The Identity Crisis in Feminist Theory 434
Sorcerer Love: A Reading of Plato's Symposium, Diotima's Speech 457
Reading the Slender Body 467
9 Perspectives on the Intersections of Race, Class, and Gender 491
Have We Got a Theory for You! Feminist Theory, Cultural Imperialism, and the Demand for "The Woman's Voice" 494
Race, Class, and Psychoanalysis? Opening Questions 508
The Social Construction of Black Feminist Thought 526
About the Book and Editors 549
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