Taste and the Household: The Domestic Aesthetic and Moral Reasoning

Taste and the Household: The Domestic Aesthetic and Moral Reasoning

by Janet McCracken


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791451069
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 09/28/2001
Pages: 355
Product dimensions: 6.56(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Janet McCracken is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Lake Forest College. She is the author of Thinking About Gender: A Historical Anthology.

Table of Contents

PART I: The Domestic Aesthetic Foundation of Moral Reasoning

1. What Is the "Domestic Aesthetic"?

Phenomenological Intimacy and Distance
Phenomenological Distance and the Concept of Alienation
Decorative Art and the Domestic Aesthetic
The Life of a Household
Intimacy, Drama, and Respect
Women's Roles and the Domestic Aesthetic

2. That Moral Reasoning is Developed through the Exercise of Domestic Aesthetic Skill

Reflection and Moral Learning
Practicing Judgment
Practice and Play

3. Platonic and Aristotelian Ethics and the Domestic Aesthetic


PART II: Theory, the Domestic Aesthetic, and the Historical Relativity of Moral Reasoning

4. Postmodernity and Character

An Unsatisfying Freedom
MacIntyre's Criticisms of Modern Ethics
Material Conditions and the Historical Relativity of Values

5. Ethics and the Labor Theory of Value

Back to MacIntyre: Rethinking the Effect of the Enlightenment
The Development of the Labor Theory from Locke

6. Language and Oppression; Thinking and Working

Poststructuralist Disappointments: Baudrillard, Barthes, and Lurie
Bourdieu's Distinction
Language and the Domestic Aesthetic
Peirce and the Later Wittgenstein

PART III: Techniques of Vagueness

7. Fashion Tactics and the Phenomenological Distance

Weird Signs
The Phenomenology of Fashion Tactics
Fashion Tactics and Entertainment

8. Mass Production, Nationalization, Advertising, and Vagueness

Mass Production and Nationalism
Linguistization and Advertising
Advertising, Gender, and Domestic Aesthetics
Three Tricks of the Trade
The Art Commercial

PART IV: Women, Character, and Domestic Aesthetic Choice9. Four Representative Women Characters

The Feministe
The Model
A False Dilemma
A Brief History of the Woman-of-the-House
The Mom
The Working Woman

Conclusion: Motherless, Friendship, and Criticism


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