Relationships, Stories, and Feminist Ethics

Anna L. Peterson

in Being Human

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780520226548
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520926059 | DOI:
Relationships, Stories, and Feminist Ethics

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This chapter explores the internal challenges to the established Western moral tradition launched by feminist and ecofeminist theories. It explains that feminism connects ethical ideas both to larger worldviews and to real life and that certain feminisms offer a fuller vision of the role of moral ideas in human life than do many secular philosophies. It argues that the narrative interest of feminist ethics is tied to research on the differing moral priorities and perspectives of women and men, which in turn rest on different conceptualizations of what it means to be human.

Keywords: Western moral tradition; feminist theories; ecofeminist theories; feminism; moral ideas; secular philosophies; human

Chapter.  10348 words. 

Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology

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