1st Edition

The Return of Feminist Liberalism

By Ruth Abbey Copyright 2011
    352 Pages
    by Routledge

    336 Pages
    by Routledge

    While it is uncontroversial to point to the liberal roots of feminism, a major issue in English-language feminist political thought over the last few decades has been whether feminism's association with liberalism should be relegated to the past. Can liberalism continue to serve feminist purposes? This book examines the positions of three contemporary feminists - Martha Nussbaum, Susan Moller Okin and Jean Hampton - who, notwithstanding decades of feminist critique, are unwilling to give up on liberalism. This book examines why, and in what ways, each of these theorists believes that liberalism offers the normative and political resources for the improvement of women's situations. It also brings out and tries to explain and evaluate the differences among them, notwithstanding their shared allegiance to liberalism. In so doing, the books goes to the heart of recent debates in feminist and political theory.

    Introduction: The Return of Feminist Liberalism 1. The Feminist Critique of Liberalism PART I The Feminist Liberalism of Susan Moller Okin 2. Injustices, Gender, Families 3. Defining Okin's Liberalism 4. He Said, She Said: The Rawls/Okin Debate 5. When Liberal Meanings are not Shared 6. Going Global PART II The Feminist Liberalism of Jean Hampton 7. Contracting for Feminism 8. Kantian Feminism PART III The Feminist Liberalism of Martha Nussbaum 9. An Original Position 10. What Women Want 11. Capabilities for Care PART IV Contemporary Feminist Liberalism 12. In the Company of Critics 13. Persuasive Universalism and Political Liberalism 14. Transformative Liberalisms Conclusion


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