Moral Understandings: A Feminist Study in Ethics [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Moral Understandings: A Feminist Study in Ethics

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Overview

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: 9780199727353
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/1/2007
  • Series: Studies in Feminist Philosophy
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • File size: 438 KB

Meet the Author

Margaret Urban Walker is Lincoln Professor of Ethics and Professor of Philosophy at Arizona State University. She is author of Moral Contexts and Moral Repair: Reconstructing Moral Relations After Wrongdoing, and editor of Mother Time: Women, Aging and Ethics and Moral Psychology: Feminist Ethics and Social Theory, with Peggy DesAutels.

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Table of Contents

Part I The Mise en Scene: Moral Philosophy Now

1 The Subject of Moral Philosophy, with Postscript 2007 3

2 Where Do Moral Theories Come From? Henry Sidgwick and Twentieth-century Ethics 35

Part II Clearer Views: An Expressive-Collaborative Model

3 Authority and Transparency: The Example of Feminist Skepticism 55

4 Charting Responsibilities: From Established Coordinates to Terra Incognita 83

Part III Self- (and Other) Portraits: Who Are We, and How Do We Know?

5 Picking Up Pieces: Lives, Stories, and Integrity 109

6 Career Selves: Plans, Projects, and Plots in "Whole Life Ethics" 137

7 Made a Slave, Born a Woman: Knowing Others' Places 161

8 Unnecessary Identities: Representational Practices and Moral Recognition 185

Part IV Testing Sight Lines

9 The Politics of Transparency and the Moral Work of Truth 211

10 Peripheral Visions, Critical Practice 235

Epilogue: Some Questions about Moral Understandings 259

Notes 269

Bibliography 281

Index 299

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