Empowerment and Interconnectivity: Toward a Feminist History of Utilitarian Philosophy

Empowerment and Interconnectivity: Toward a Feminist History of Utilitarian Philosophy

by Catherine Villanueva Gardner
ISBN-10:
0271058153
ISBN-13:
9780271058153
Pub. Date:
12/20/2012
Publisher:
Penn State University Press

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Overview

Empowerment and Interconnectivity: Toward a Feminist History of Utilitarian Philosophy

Feminist history of philosophy has successfully focused thus far on canon revision, canon critique, and the recovery of neglected or forgotten women philosophers. However, the methodology remains underexplored, and it seems timely to ask larger questions about how the history of philosophy is to be done and whether there is, or needs to be, a specifically feminist approach to the history of philosophy. In Empowerment and Interconnectivity, Catherine Gardner examines the philosophy of three neglected women philosophers, Catharine Beecher, Frances Wright, and Anna Doyle Wheeler, all of whom were British or American utilitarian philosophers of one stripe or another. Gardner’s focus in this book is less on accounting for the neglect or disappearance of these women philosophers and more on those methodological (or epistemological) questions we need to ask in order to recover their philosophy and categorize it as feminist.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780271058153
Publisher: Penn State University Press
Publication date: 12/20/2012
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Catherine Villanueva Gardner is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction: Empowerment and Interconnectivity

1 Wheeler and Thompson: The Appeal and the Problem of Empowerment

2 Catharine Beecher and Writing Philosophy for Women

3 Frances Wright: Interconnectivity and Synthesis

4 Tea and Sympathy with John Stuart Mill

Conclusion and Next Steps

References

Index

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