Philosophy and Feminist Criticism: An Introduction

Philosophy and Feminist Criticism: An Introduction

Philosophy and Feminist Criticism: An Introduction

Philosophy and Feminist Criticism: An Introduction

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This book provides an introduction to feminist philosophy by describing both some of the ways in which feminist philosophers criticize traditional Western thought and some of the ways in which they are constructively contributing to new philosophical traditions. Since the activity of academic feminist philosophers, in the short time in which they have been teaching and publishing within the academy, has been intense and highly productive, this book is necessarily selective. The suggestions for further reading that conclude each chapter can, however, expand the scope of study for the interested reader.

Within the limits of the present book, I have attempted to convey to the reader some of the excitement of feminist philosophical work. This way of doing philosophy is in many respects new and many of the questions and debates are in formative states. The reader should feel invited to enter into feminist philosophy as into a welcoming room -- one in which the furniture may be moved around from one day to the next but in which there is always a comfortable chair and a group of cheerful companions who look forward to hearing one's views. Enfranchisement, involvement, inclusion, and comradeship are foundational elements in feminism. Although my goal has been to give a representative picture of the concerns and aims of feminist philosophers today, I am able to view these only from my own unavoidably limited perspective: that of a white, privileged, heterosexual Western woman with biases both conscious and unconscious. I have felt the severity of these perspectival limitations most seriously when writing about lesbian, black, and . . .

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