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1st Edition

An Intersectional Feminist Theory of Moral Responsibility

ISBN 9780367343972
Published December 9, 2019 by Routledge
268 Pages

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Book Description

This book develops an intersectional feminist approach to moral responsibility. It accomplisheses four main goals. First, it outlines a concise list of the main principles of intersectional feminism. Second, it uses these principles to critique prevailing philosophical theories of moral responsibility. Third, it offers an account of moral responsibility that is compatible with the ethos of intersectional feminism. And fourth, it uses intersectional feminist principles to critique culturally normative responsibility practices.

This is the first book to provide an explicitly intersectional feminist approach to moral responsibility. After identifying the five principles central to intersectional feminism, the author demonstrates how influential theories of responsibility are incompatible with these principles. She argues that a normatively adequate theory of blame should not be preoccupied with the agency or traits of wrongdoers; it should instead underscore, and seek to ameliorate, oppression and adversity as experienced by the marginalized. Apt blame and praise, according to her intersectional feminist account, is both communicative and functionalist. The book concludes with an extensive discussion of culturally embedded responsibility practices, including asymmetrically structured conversations and gender- and racially biased social spaces.

An Intersectional Feminist Approach to Moral Responsibility presents a sophisticated and original philosophical account of moral responsibility. It will be of interest to philosophers working at the crossroads of moral responsibility, feminist philosophy, critical race theory, queer theory, critical disability studies, and intersectionality theory.

Table of Contents

Introduction: An intersectional feminist approach to moral responsibility

Chapter 1: Intersectional feminism

Chapter 2: Intersectional feminism and five theories of moral responsibility

Chapter 3: Intersectional feminism refined

Chapter 4: The moral psychology of responsibility: what it means to take a stand against someone

Chapter 5: Against civility constraints

Chapter 6: Third-party-addressing blame

Chapter 7: Blaming cognition

Chapter 8: Responsibility and conversation

Chapter 9: The mysterious case of the missing perpetrators: how the privileged easily escape blame and accountability

Chapter 10: Women’s blame in conditions of epistemic injustice

Chapter 11: People Of Color’s blame in conditions of epistemic injustice

Chapter 12: Against Eliminativism


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Michelle Ciurria is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, USA. Her published work has appeared in journals such as Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Feminist Philosophy Quarterly, Journal of the American Philosophical Association, Philosophical Psychology, and Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology.