Julia Annas: Women and the Quality of Life: Two Norms or One?

Margarita M. Valdés

in The Quality of Life

Published in print March 1993 | ISBN: 9780198287971
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596704 | DOI:

Series: WIDER Studies in Development Economics

  Julia Annas: Women and the Quality of Life: Two Norms or One?

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Valdés agrees with Annas's argument in general, but raises two points of further inquiry: (1) the epistemological problem regarding how people come to detect injustice to women within their own society; and (2) the question of whether the notion of human nature, as Annas introduced in her paper to explain injustice to women, might provide one or two ideal norms for human lives. Valdés concludes that Annas is unnecessarily sceptical about the possibility of rational internal criticism and that she needs a thicker notion of human nature to explicate injustice to women in our present two‐norm system.

Keywords: epistemology; human nature; justice; norms; rational internal criticism; sexual division of activity

Chapter.  2940 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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