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Feminist Morality : Transforming Culture, Society and Politics - Virginia Held

Feminist Morality

Transforming Culture, Society and Politics

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Published: 1st January 1993
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How is feminism changing the way women and men think, feel, and act? Virginia Held explores how feminist theory is changing contemporary views of moral choice. She proposes a comprehensive philosophy of feminist ethics, arguing persuasively for reconceptualizations of the self; of relations between the self and others; and of images of birth and death, nurturing and violence. Held shows how social, political, and cultural institutions have traditionally been founded upon masculine ideals of morality. She then identifies a distinct feminist morality that moves beyond culturally embedded notions about motherhood and female emotionality. Examining the effects of this alternative moral and ethical system on changing social values, Held discusses its far-reaching implications for altering standards of freedom, democracy, equality, and personal development. Ultimately, she concludes, the culture of feminism could provide a fresh perspective on--even solutions to--contemporary social problems.
"Feminist Morality" makes a vital contribution to the ongoing debate in feminist theory on the importance of motherhood. For philosophers and other readers outside feminist theory, it offers a feminist moral and social critique in clear and accessible terms.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
The Feminist Transformation of Consciousness and Culture
Feminist Moral Inquiry: Method and Prospects
Transformations of Moral Concepts
Moral Theory from a Feminist Perspective
Shaping Feminist Culture
Preconceptions of Birth and Death
Gender and Violence
Feminist Interpretations of Liberty and Equality
Democracy and the Critique of Individualism
Noncontractual Society: The Postpatriarchal Family as Model
Epilogue: The Feminist Future
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Credits
Index
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ISBN: 9780226325934
ISBN-10: 0226325938
Series: Women in Culture and Society
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 1st January 1993
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition