Feminism is currently at an impasse. Both the liberation feminism of the 1970s and the more recent feminism of difference are increasingly faced with the limitations of their own perspectives. While feminists today generally acknowledge the need to recognize diversity, they lack a coherent framework through which this need can be articulated.
In Feminism as Radical Humanism, Pauline Johnson calls for a reassessment of feminism's relationship to modern humanism. She argues that despite its very thorough and necessary critique of mainstream formulations of humanist ideals, feminism itself remains strongly committed to humanist values.
Drawing on a broad range of political and intellectual traditions, Johnson demonstrates that only by proudly affirming its own humanist commitments can feminist theory find a way to negotiate the impasse in which it currently finds itself.
Introduction: the feminism that dare not speak its name vii
1 Feminism and humanism 1
2 The antinomies of the Age of Enlightenment 25
3 Quest for the self: feminism's appropriation of romanticism 47
4 Freedom and the encumbered self: feminism's changing relations with liberalism 68
5 Feminism and critique: from Marx to Habermas 89
6 Feminist alternatives and postmodernism 111
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 1st July 1994
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 14.0
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 1