Vulnerability: New Essays in Ethics and Feminist Philosophy (Studies in Feminist Philosophy)

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The aim of this volume is to open up reflection on the nature of vulnerability, the responsibilities owed to the vulnerable, who bears these responsibilities, and how they are best fulfilled. In canvassing responses to these questions, the contributors engage with a range of ethical traditions and with issues in contemporary political philosophy and bioethics. Some essays in the volume explore the connections between vulnerability, autonomy, dignity, and justice. Other essays engage with a feminist ethics of care to articulate the relationship between vulnerability, dependence, and care. These theoretical approaches are complemented by detailed examination of vulnerability in specific contexts, including disability; responsibilities to children; intergenerational justice; and care of the elderly. The essays thus address fundamental questions concerning our moral duties to each other as individuals and as citizens. Contributing significantly to the development of an ethics of vulnerability, this volume opens up promising avenues for future research in feminist philosophy, moral and political philosophy, and bioethics.

Product Details

  • Series: Studies in Feminist Philosophy
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (December 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199316651
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199316656
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds

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Excellent book but dense!

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 on April 12, 2015
By Rebecca S. Katz
This a wonderful feminist resource for courses on ethics or social altruism!

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