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Feminist Ethics and Social and Political Philosophy: Theorizing the Non-Ideal

Feminist Ethics and Social and Political Philosophy: Theorizing the Non-Ideal

by Lisa Tessman


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ISBN-13: 9789400790575
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Publication date: 09/11/2014
Edition description: 2009
Pages: 301
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Lisa Tessman is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies at Binghamton University, where she directs the graduate program in Social, Political, Ethical and Legal Philosophy (SPEL). Her research, which takes a feminist approach, focuses on ethics with special attention to virtue ethics and eudiamonism, the ethics of liberatory political struggles, the place for normative ideals in non-ideal theorizing, and the concept of a moral dilemma. She has published a collection that she co-edited with Bat-Ami Bar On called _Jewish Locations: Traversing Racialized Landscapes_ (Rowman and Littlefield, 2001), a monograph called _Burdened Virtues: Virtue Ethics for Liberatory Struggles_ (Oxford University Press, 2005), and various articles and book chapters. She is currently working on a monograph that focuses on the dilemmatic character of moral life, particularly under conditions of oppression.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Lisa Tessman.-
Section I: Feminist Theorizations of Ethics and Politics, and of the Ideal and Non-Ideal.-
1. Normativity, Feminism, and Politics; Bat-Ami Bar On.-
2. Ethical Reasons and Political Commitments; Lisa Rivera.-
3. Feminist Eudaimonism: Eudaimonism as Non-Ideal Theory; Lisa Tessman.-
4. L’Imagination au Pouvoir: Comparing John Rawls’s Method of Ideal Theory with Iris Marion Young’s Method of Critical Theory; Alison M. Jaggar.-
Section II: Critiquing Idealized Characterizations of Personhood.-
5. Conjoined Twins, Embodied Personhood, and Surgical Separation; Christine Overall.-
6. The Ideology of the Normal: Desire, Ethics, and Kierkegaardian Critique; Ada S. Jaarsma.-
7. The Challenge of Care to Idealizing Theories of Distributive Justice; Anca Gheaus.-
8. The Ethics of Philosophizing: Ideal Theory and the Exclusion of People with Severe Cognitive Disabilities; Eva Feder Kittay.-
Section III: Remaking the Moral and Political Subject.-
9. The Vulnerable Self: Enabling the Recognition of Racial Inequality; Desirée H. Melton.-
10. Anger, Virtue and Oppression; Macalester Bell.-
11. Practicing Imperfect Forgiveness; Alice MacLachlan.-
12. Feminist Political Solidarity; Sally J. Scholz.-
Section IV: Contextualizing in Actualities.-
13. Resisting Organizational Power; Peggy DesAutels.-
14. Women and Violence: A Theory of Judgment; María Pía Lara.-
15. Narrative Structures, Narratives of Abuse, and Human Rights; Diana Tietjens Meyers.-
16. Women, Corporate Globalization, and Global Justice; Ann Ferguson.-
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