Feminist Interpretations and Political Theory

Feminist Interpretations and Political Theory

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This volume brings together feminist readings of famous classic and contemporary texts from Plato to Rawls. The collection also includes examinations from the writings of Mary Wollstonecraft and Simone de Beauvoir which are usually excluded from the works conventionally held to comprise "Western political thought". The feminist scholars focus on neglected arguments and silences in the texts and raise fundamentally important questions about the significance of sexual difference in the great works of political theory. A diversity of feminist approaches and theoretical frameworks are represented, forming a variety of interpretations and argument about such questions as the patriarchal construction of central political categories, the relation between public and private life, and the problem of equality and difference, including differences among women.
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  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 152 x 229mm | 573g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • index
  • 0745607047
  • 9780745607047

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Philosopher Queens and private wives: Plato on women and the family, Susan Moller Okin; Aristotle - defective males, hierarchy, and the limits of politics, Arlene Saxonhouse; God hath ordained to man a helper - Hobbes, patriarchy and conjugal rights, Carole Pateman; early liberal roots of feminism - John Locke and the attack on patriarchy, Melisa A.Butler; Rousseau and modern feminism, Lynda Lange; the oppressed state of my sex - Wollstonecraft on reason, feeling and equality, Moira Gaten; on Hegel, women and irony, Seyla Benhabib; masculine Marx, Christine Di Stefano; marital slavery and friendship - John Stuart Mill's "The Subjection of Women", Mary Lyndon Shanley; John Rawls - justice as fairness - for whom, Susan Moller Okin; Simone de Beauvoir and women - just who does she think "we" is, Elizabeth V.Spelman; Foucault and feminism - toward a politics of difference, Jana Sawicki; Hannah Arendt and feminist politics, Mary G.Dietz; what's critical about critical theory? the case of Habermas and gender, Nancy Fraser.
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