Introduction: Adaptive Preferences and Global Justice

Serene J. Khader

in Adaptive Preferences and Women's Empowerment

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199777884
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919055 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Feminist Philosophy

Introduction: Adaptive Preferences and Global Justice

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This introduction describes the deliberative perfectionist approach to adaptive preference intervention in a nontechnical fashion and situates it in the context of global justice. It includes an explanation of how the deliberative perfectionist approach responds to three dilemmas facing feminist theorists of global justice—the global justice dilemma that opposes understanding structural inequality to endorsing local-level intervention, the culture dilemma that opposes commitment to women's rights to a commitment to respecting cultural diversity, and the agency dilemma that opposes seeing women as victims to seeing them as agents.

Keywords: global justice; feminism; agency; cultural diversity; development ethics

Chapter.  17416 words. 

Subjects: Feminist Philosophy

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