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Why not a Feminist Theory of Justice?

Ruth Anna Putnam

in Women, Culture, and Development

Published in print November 1995 | ISBN: 9780198289647
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596698 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198289642.003.0013

Series: WIDER Studies in Development Economics

 Why not a Feminist Theory of Justice?

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Putnam first considers and critiques Rawls's theory of justice from a feminist perspective, then endeavours to address the problem of how to preserve the universality of justice without repressing the multiplicity of voices of distress by employing both a Rawlsian stance and a pragmatist approach. Finally, Putnam defends Rawls's conception of justice against Sen's concern regarding its limited scope and Glover's worry of its culturally imperialist appropriation in the Third World. Putnam's conclusion is that a universalist theory is necessary and that any such theory ought to draw from Rawls's work.

Keywords: feminist critique of Rawls; justice; liberalism; Rawls; universalism

Chapter.  17639 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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