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Joan Tronto

In: Handbook of Gender and Women's Studies

Chapter 24: Moral Perspectives: Gender, Ethics, and Political Theory

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Moral Perspectives: Gender, Ethics, and Political Theory
Moral perspectives: Gender, ethics, and political theory

Beginning from the historical exclusion of women from most ethical and political concerns, feminist scholars in these fields try to understand how to think ethically and act politically to end women's oppression. The challenges of this task are not only to determine the nature of oppression, but to challenge faulty claims that men's experiences, concerns, and ways of knowing are the only possible ones. Feminist scholars must confront such basic questions as: How is the subject of human action, ‘what can she know?’ How can one persuade others about the necessity for moral and political reform or revolution? This essay explores these questions by focusing on feminist advances in thinking about human ...

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