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Love's Labor: Essays on Women, Equality and Dependency / Edition 1

Love's Labor: Essays on Women, Equality and Dependency / Edition 1

by Eva Feder Kittay
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ISBN-13: 9780415904124
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/28/1998
Series: Thinking Gender Series
Edition description: ANN
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Eva Feder Kittay is Distinguished Professor Emerita of Philosophy at Stony Brook University/SUNY. Her pioneering work interjecting questions of care and disability (especially cognitive disability) into philosophy, and her work in feminist theory and the philosophy of disability, have garnered a number of honors and prizes: 2003 Woman Philosopher of the Year by the Society for Women in Philosophy; the inaugural prize of the Institut de Mensch, Ethik und Wissenschaft; the Lebowitz prize from the American Philosophical Association; and Phi Beta Kappa, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Center for Discovery, an NEH Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Eva Kittay’s first works in philosophy were in the philosophy of language, publishing Metaphor: Its Cognitive Force and Linguistic Structure (1987). Love’s Labor: Essays on Women, Equality and Dependency (1999) received international attention. The edited collection Women and Moral Theory (with Diana Meyers, 1987) ushered in decades-long work by philosophers in the ethics of care. Other edited collections include The Blackwell Guide to Feminist Philosophy (with Linda Alcoff, 2007) and The Subject of Care: Theoretical Perspectives on Dependency and Women (with Ellen Feder, 2003). A 2008 collection—based on a conference she organized, Cognitive Disability and the Challenge to Moral Philosophy—opened a new field of inquiry in philosophy. Her most recent book is Learning from My Daughter: The Value and Care of Disabled Minds (2019).

Table of Contents


Introduction to the Second Edition


Elusive Equality


Equality as Sexual Equality

The Difference Critique

The Dominance Critique

The Diversity Critique

The Dependency Critique

Should Women Still Want Equality?

Part 1 Love’s Labor: The Requirements of Dependency

Chapter 1 Relationships of Dependency and Equality

Reflections on Being a Mother’s Child

Dependency in the Human Condition

Dependency Work, the Dependency Worker, and the Charge

A Paradigm of Dependency Work

Situating Dependency Work Within a Practice

Extending the Concept of Dependency Work

Dependency Work in "Cooperative Conflicts"

Cooperative Conflicts—The Provider

Breakdown Positions and Inequality in Cooperative Conflicts

Secondary Dependency and Equality for Dependency Workers

Chapter 2 Vulnerability and the Moral Nature of Dependency Relations

The Transparent Self of the Dependency Worker

Moral Obligations of Dependency Workers and an Ethics of Care

Moral Obligations to the Dependency Worker

Part 2 Political Liberalism and Human Dependency

Dependency as a Criterion of Adequacy

The Role of Equality and Equality’s Presuppositions

The Arguments in Outline

Chapter 3 The Presuppositions of Equality

Dependency as Both an Objective and a Subjective Circumstance of Justice

The Absence of Dependency in the "Circumstances of Justice"

Dependency and Heads of Households

Chronological Unfairness and Intergenerational Justice

The Idealization That "All Citizens Are Fully Cooperating Members of Society"

Fully Cooperating Throughout a Life—The Strong Interpretation

Fully Cooperating Over a Lifetime—The Weak Interpretation

Free Persons Are a Self-Originating Sources of Valid Claims"

Is the Dependency Worker a Self-Originator of Claims?

Is the Dependency Worker a Self-Authenticator of Claims?

Chapter 4 The Benefits and Burdens of Social Cooperation

The Two Powers of a Moral Person and the Index of Primary Goods

The Omission of Care as a Primary Good

Care as a Primary Good Issuing from the Moral Power to Care

The Public Conception of Social Cooperation

Dependency Concerns in Rawls’s Conception of Social Cooperation

Reciprocity and Doulia

Dependents and Dependency Workers as the Least Well-Off

The Dependency Relation as a Social Position

A Third Principle of Justice?

Part 3 Some Mother’s Child


Chapter 5 Policy and a Public Ethic of Care

Welfare De-Form

"Welfare Is a Woman’s Issue": The Subtext of Welfare "Reform"

Justifications of Welfare

Traditional Justifications

The Matemalist Justification of Welfare

Welfare Justified by Dependency Considerations

Conditions for the Derived Dependency of Dependency Workers

The Principle of Doulia as a Justification for Welfare

The Family and Medical Leave Act

Reading the Family and Medical Leave Act

Welfare Re-Formed: A Vision of Welfare Based on Doulia

Chapter 6 "Not My Way, Sesha Your Way. Slowly." A Personal Narrative

A Child is Born

Portrait of Sesha at Twenty-Seven

On the Very Possibility of Mothering and the Challenge of the Severely Disabled Child

Mothering Distributed: The Work of Dependency Care

She Came to Stay

Peggy and I

Alternative Routes—Routes Not Taken

Chapter 7 Maternal Thinking with a Difference

Preservative Love

Socialization for Acceptance

Fostering Development

Care for Disability and Social Justice

Lessons for the Theoretician


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