Feminism and Partial Values

Micheal Slote

in The Impossibility of Perfection

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199790821
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919185 | DOI:
Feminism and Partial Values

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Patriarchy sees virtues like adventurousness and personal goods like adventure and career fulfillment as relevant only to men, but a more enlightened feminism sees these as values for both men and women. However, there is a conflict between adventure/adventurousness and personal security/prudence, and also between career fulfillment and an emphasis on relationships. This is a problem for both men and women, and it turns out that there is in principle no way to perfectly resolve these conflicts and many others that either do or do not involve specifically feminist issues. There is reason to believe, then, that the just-mentioned values are all merely partial and that a variety of ethical examples support Isaiah Berlin's view that perfect virtue and perfect happiness are impossible.

Keywords: careers; feminism; frankness; Isaiah Berlin; partial values; perfection; relationships; security; (sexual) adventure; tactfulness

Chapter.  9006 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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