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Partial Reason: Critical and Constructive Transformations of Ethics and Epistemology

Partial Reason: Critical and Constructive Transformations of Ethics and Epistemology (Hardback)

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Traditionally the ethic of care has been associated with women while the ethic of justice has been associated with men. In recent years some feminist philosophers have turned their energies to developing theories of care and to exploring the epistemological assumptions on which the ethic of care is based. This volume proposes an original theory of care, building on insights of both feminist and non-feminist critics of liberal moral theory, gleaning ideas from feminist ethics and epistemologies, and stimulated by the writings of post-colonial feminists. The author shows that a number of ethical and epistemological imperatives can be defined through the philosophical elaboration of an ethic of care and the endeavor to know and to care well. Can the actual experienced practices of caring and the abstract conceptual thought process of philosophy be mutually informing? The author argues that the concrete everyday response of care provides the grounds for new ways of thinking about both ethics and reason.

By examining the works of Kant, Mill, and Rawls, she describes and defends a radical critique of the liberal moral theory of Gilligan and Noddings and a transformed ethic of care, accounting for care as both action and disposition. This vigorous study will have applications in the fields of sociology, ethics, moral and political philosophy, political science, nursing, medicine, and education. A comprehensive and up-to-date Bibliography provides readers with excellent resources for further study.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPhilosophy TheoryEthics & moral philosophyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPhilosophy TheoryPhilosophy: epistemology & theory of knowledgePhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial issues & processesFeminism & feminist theory Publisher: ABC-CLIO Publication Date: 30/08/2000 ISBN-13: 9780313312731  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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SALLY E. TALBOT is Honorary Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Culture and Communication of Murdoch University, Western Australia./e She teaches philosophy at the university and is also assistant to various Labor Members of Parliament including the Federal Leader of the Opposition.

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