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Moral Psychology : Feminist Ethics and Social Theory - Peggy DesAutels

Moral Psychology

Feminist Ethics and Social Theory

By: Peggy DesAutels (Editor), Margaret Urban Walker (Editor)

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Moral psychology studies the features of cognition, judgement, perception and emotion that make human beings capable of moral action. Perspectives from feminist and race theory immensely enrich moral psychology. Writers who take these perspectives ask questions about mind, feeling, and action in contexts of social difference and unequal power and opportunity. These essays by a distinguished international cast of philosophers explore moral psychology as it connects to social life, scientific studies, and literature.

Not only does this volume contain fascinating original essays well worth reading in their own right, it also makes a case, as a whole, for thinking about moral psychology as a central theme within ethics. As Margaret Walker argues in the Introduction, emotion, thought, action, and responsbility constitute the how of ethics. If we take it seriously, this approach transforms the study of ethics. This book is thus indispensable for those thinking about how 'ethics' affects the world. -- Joan Tronto
These essays push the envelope of moral psychology so hard that the reader is forced to rethink what she takes moral psychology to be. * Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy *
For anyone with an interest in moral psychology this volume will prove both enlightening and provocative. Furthermore, at a time when philosophy's relationship to other fields, notably psychology, is both contested and in flux, it is especially exciting to have a collection of essays that persuasively demonstrates philosophy's distinctive contribution to mapping our moral lives. It is, of course, no accident that this demonstration is provided by essays that, while ranging widely in topic and tone, are specifically feminist, and hence informed by the model of interdisciplinarity provided by feminist theory. -- Naomi Scheman, professor of philosophy and women's studies, University of Minnesota

Introduction
Trust and terrorp. 3
Intimidationp. 19
Gratitude, obligation, and individualismp. 33
"What's a woman worth? What's life worth? Without self-respect!" : on the value of evaluative self-respectp. 47
Moral mindfulnessp. 69
The social situation of sincerity : Austen's Emma and Lovibond's ethical formationp. 83
The preferences of womenp. 99
Models of minds and memory activitiesp. 119
Torture in ordinary circumstancesp. 141
"Ideal theory" as ideologyp. 163
Blame, oppression, and diminished moral competencep. 183
Woman centered : a feminist ethic of responsibilityp. 201
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ISBN: 9780742534797
ISBN-10: 0742534790
Series: Feminist Constructions
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 6th August 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 18.7  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.46