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Vulnerability : New Essays in Ethics and Feminist Philosophy - Catriona Mackenzie


New Essays in Ethics and Feminist Philosophy

By: Catriona Mackenzie (Editor), Wendy Rogers (Editor), Susan Dodds (Editor)

Paperback Published: 27th February 2014
ISBN: 9780199316656
Number Of Pages: 336

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The aim of this volume is to open up reflection on the nature of vulnerability, the responsibilities owed to the vulnerable, who bears these responsibilities, and how they are best fulfilled. In canvassing responses to these questions, the contributors engage with a range of ethical traditions and with issues in contemporary political philosophy and bioethics. Some essays in the volume explore the connections between vulnerability, autonomy, dignity, and justice. Other essays engage with a feminist ethics of care to articulate the relationship between vulnerability, dependence, and care. These theoretical approaches are complemented by detailed examination of vulnerability in specific contexts, including disability; responsibilities to children; intergenerational justice; and care of the elderly. The essays thus address fundamental questions concerning our moral duties to each other as individuals and as citizens. Contributing significantly to the development of an ethics of vulnerability, this volume opens up promising avenues for future research in feminist philosophy, moral and political philosophy, and bioethics.

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"Happily, the essays in this volume canvas a range of ways in which being (or appearing to be) vulnerable bears on a range of other important topics, such as agency, autonomy, care, competence, dependence, discrimination, justice, obligation, respect, responsibility, rights, and risk. Thus, those who read this book will be rewarded with a wealth of stimulating ideas, not only on what human vulnerability is, but also on what should be done about it." --Australasian Journal of Philosophy"Vulnerability is a notable volume for multiple reasons, including the variety of philosophical perspectives it contains, the caliber of its contributors, and the rigor of the essays themselves. The value of the collection is evident from the very start, which is to say, from the introduction. Introductions to edited volumes rarely elicit comment, as they tend to function primarily as a preview of coming attractions. In this instance, however, editors Catriona Mackenzie, Wendy Rogers, and Susan Dodds demonstrate just how excellent and useful an introduction can be, offering one that is simply not to be missed." -- Hypatia Reviews Online

Notes on Contributors Acknowledgments Introduction: What Is Vulnerability and Why Does It Matter for Moral Theory? - Catriona Mackenzie, Wendy Rogers, Susan Dodds Part I: Reflections on Vulnerability 1. The Importance of Relational Autonomy and Capabilities for an Ethics of Vulnerability -  Catriona Mackenzie 2. Vulnerability and Bioethics - Wendy Rogers 3. The Role of Vulnerability in Kantian Ethics - Paul Formosa 4. Moral Vulnerability and the Task of Reparations - Margaret Urban Walker 5. Autonomy and Vulnerability Entwined - Joel Anderson 6. Being in Time: Ethics and Temporal Vulnerability - Janna Thompson Part II: Vulnerability, Dependency and Care 7. Dependence, Care and Vulnerability - Susan Dodds 8. Disability and Vulnerability: on Bodies, Dependence and Power - Jackie Leach Scully 9. Moral Responsibility for Coerced Wrongdoing: the Case of Abused Women Who "Fail to Protect" Their Children - Marilyn Friedman 10. Parental Values and Children's Vulnerability -  Mianna Lotz 11. Children, Vulnerability, and Emotional Harm - Amy Mullin12. Vulnerability and Aging in the Context of Care -  Rosemarie Tong

ISBN: 9780199316656
ISBN-10: 0199316651
Series: Studies in Feminist Philosophy
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 27th February 2014
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.43