Moral Understandings: A Feminist Study in Ethics / Edition 2

Moral Understandings: A Feminist Study in Ethics / Edition 2

by Margaret Urban Walker
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195315391

ISBN-13: 9780195315394

Pub. Date: 09/13/2007

Publisher: Oxford University Press

This is a revised edition of Walker's well-known book in feminist ethics first published in 1997. Walker's book proposes a view of morality and an approach to ethical theory which uses the critical insights of feminism and race theory to rethink the epistemological and moral position of the ethical theorist, and how moral theory is inescapably shaped by culture and

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This is a revised edition of Walker's well-known book in feminist ethics first published in 1997. Walker's book proposes a view of morality and an approach to ethical theory which uses the critical insights of feminism and race theory to rethink the epistemological and moral position of the ethical theorist, and how moral theory is inescapably shaped by culture and history. The main gist of her book is that morality is embodied in "practices of responsibility" that express our identities, values, and connections to others in socially patterned ways. Thus ethical theory needs to be empirically informed and politically critical to avoid reiterating forms of socially entrenched bias. Responsible ethical theory should reveal and question the moral significance of social differences. The book engages with, and challenges, the work of contemporary analytic philosophers in ethics.

Moral Understandings has been influential in reaching a global audience in ethics and feminist philosophy, as well as in tangential fields like nursing ethics; research ethics; disability ethics; environmental ethics, and social and political theory. This revised edition contains a new preface, a substantive postscript to Chapter 1 about "the subject of moral philosophy"; the addition of a new chapter on the importance of emotion in practices of responsibility; and the addition of an afterword, which responds to critics of the book.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195315394
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
09/13/2007
Series:
Studies in Feminist Philosophy Series
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface the First edition
Part One. The Mis-en-scene: Moral Philosophy Now
1. The Subject of Moral Philosophy, with Postscript, 2007
2. Where Do Moral Theories Come From? Henry Sidgwick and Twentieth Century Ethics
Part Two. Clearer Views: An Expressive-Collaborative Model
3. Authority and Transparency; The Examples of Feminist Skepticism
4. Charting Responsibilities: From Established Coordinates to Terra Incognita
Part Three. Self- (and Other) Portraits: Who Are We, and How Do We Know?
5. Picking Up Pieces: Lives, Stories and Integrity
6. Career Selves: Plans, Projects, and Plots in "Whole Life ethics"
7. Made A Slave, Born a Woman: Knowing Others' Places
8. Unnecessary Identities: Representational Practices and Moral Recognition
Part Four: Testing Sight Lines
9. The Politics of Transparency and the Moral Work of Truth
10. Peripheral Visions, Critical Practice
Epilogue: Some Questions About Moral Understandings
Notes
Bibliography

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