Moral Psychology / Edition 1

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Moral psychology studies the features of cognition, judgement, perception, and emotion that make human beings capable of moral action. Perspectives from feminist and race theory immensely enrich moral psychology. Writers who take these perspectives ask questions about mind, feeling, and action in contexts of social difference and unequal power and opportunity. These essays by a distinguished international cast of philosophers explore moral psychology as it connects to social life, scientific studies, and literature.

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Editorial Reviews

Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy
These essays push the envelope of moral psychology so hard that the reader is forced to rethink what she takes moral psychology to be.
Joan Tronto
Not only does this volume contain fascinating original essays well worth reading in their own right, it also makes a case, as a whole, for thinking about moral psychology as a central theme within ethics. As Margaret Walker argues in the Introduction, emotion, thought, action, and responsbility constitute the how of ethics. If we take it seriously, this approach transforms the study of ethics. This book is thus indispensable for those thinking about how 'ethics' affects the world.
Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy
These essays push the envelope of moral psychology so hard that the reader is forced to rethink what she takes moral psychology to be.
Naomi Scheman
For anyone with an interest in moral psychology this volume will prove both enlightening and provocative. Furthermore, at a time when philosophy's relationship to other fields, notably psychology, is both contested and in flux, it is especially exciting to have a collection of essays that persuasively demonstrates philosophy's distinctive contribution to mapping our moral lives. It is, of course, no accident that this demonstration is provided by essays that, while ranging widely in topic and tone, are specifically feminist, and hence informed by the model of interdisciplinarity provided by feminist theory.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742534803
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Series: Feminist Constructions Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Peggy DesAutels is associate professor of philosophy at the University of Dayton. Margaret Urban Walker is Lincoln Professor of Ethics, Justice, and the Public Sphere at Arizona State University.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Part 1: Matters of Feeling Chapter 3 Trust and Terror Chapter 4 Intimidation Chapter 5 Gratitude, Obligation, and Individualism Chapter 6 "What's a Woman Worth? What's Life Worth? Without Self-Respect!": On the Value of Evaluative Self-Respect Part 7 Part 3: Thought into Action Chapter 8 Moral Mindfulness Chapter 9 The Social Situation of Sincerity: Austen's Emma and Lovibond's Ethical Formation Chapter 10 The Preferences of Women Chapter 11 Models of Mind and Memory Activities Part 12 Part 3: Acting Responsibly Chapter 13 Torture in Ordinary Circumstances Chapter 14 "Ideal Theory" as Ideology Chapter 15 Blame, Oppression, and Diminished Moral Competence Chapter 16 Woman Centered: A Feminist Ethic of Responsibility

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