Rethinking Ethics in the Midst of Violence: A Feminist Approach to Freedom

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Overview

Selected by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Book for 1995. Moving beyond the traditional feminist ethics of care, Linda A. Bell places an existentialist conception of liberation at the heart of ethics and argues that only an ethics of freedom sufficiently allows for feminist critique and opposition to a status quo imbued with violence. She offers a critique of Aristotelian, utilitarian, and Kantian ethics, analyzing each approach from feminist perspectives and showing how each fails women and others who resist oppression.

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Editorial Reviews

Sartre Studies International
The work is no less than a tour de force treatment of problems in contemporary ethical theory—especially as these problems concern questions of violence (and violation) and freedom.
Radical Philosophy
. . . Bell's book advances feminist ethics by its comprehensive analysis of the key issues confronting contemporary ethicists. Her use of Sartre is unique and quite valuable for feminists and others who work against oppression.
Choice
An excellent book which reviews the ethical dilemmas faced by contemporary feminist philosophers. . . . a very good review of many of the dilemmas of contemporary ethics. . . . This book is a must for feminists...
Claudia Card
I see Linda Bell's work as continuing, in important ways, certain traditions in the feminist writings of Mary Daly, Marilyn Frye, Sarah Hoagland, and Maria Lugones. These traditions include taking seriously violence against women, seeking to understand and expose interconnections of racism and sexism, not being preoccupied with the concepts of family or law, centering freedom rather than care-taking, and looking to playfulness as an alternative to current obsessions with control.
BatAmi Bar On
A powerful contribution to feminist ethics. Its uniqueness stems from its centering of both violence and freedom in ways that create special possibilities for both a critique of Western ethics and the development of a Sartrean-inspired feminist alternative.
Sally J. Scholz
. . . a good addition to feminist ethical perspectives and a good bibliographic source for feminist sociopolitical and moral theroy.
CHOICE
An excellent book which reviews the ethical dilemmas faced by contemporary feminist philosophers. . . . a very good review of many of the dilemmas of contemporary ethics. . . . This book is a must for feminists...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847678457
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 7/28/1993
  • Series: New Feminist Perspectives Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda A. Bell is professor of philosophy at Georgia State University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Feminist Ethics 17
2 Rethinking Some Fundamental Concepts 55
3 The Place in Ethics of Natures and Needs 87
4 Freedom versus Pleasure and Universalizability 115
5 The Role of Violence in Ethics 159
6 Recognition of Love as an Ideal 199
7 The Role of Play vis-a-vis Relativism, Futility, and Revolution 233
8 Conclusion 265
Select Bibliography 273
Index 289
About the Author 297
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