Feminist Theory and the Canon of Political Thought

Linda Zerilli

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548439
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

 Feminist Theory and the Canon of Political Thought

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This article describes the connection between feminist theory and the canon of political thought. It explains that feminist approaches to the canon of political theory are characterized by deep ambivalence and the majority of canonical authors have mostly dismissed women as political beings in their own right and casted them instead as mere appendages to citizen man. The article suggests that the question of how to make political judgments about other cultures and practices that deeply affect women is particularly important for feminist theory today. Globalization and the weakening of nation states have also pressed feminists to raise political demands with an eye to their multicultural and transnational significance.

Keywords: feminist theory; political thought; canon; political beings; women; political judgements; globalization; political demands

Article.  7009 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Political Theory

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