Situating the Self : Gender, Community and Postmodernism in Contemporary Ethics
In this book, Seyla Benhabib makes an intervention into the debates concerning modernity, postmodernity, reason and the self. She is critical of postmodernism, but also of the idea that the task facing us today is the completion of the "project of modernity". The chapters of the volume develop a theory of ethical judgement compatible with a principled, universalist morality, and integrate this theory with the feminist critique of traditional moral philosophy and social analysis. The result is a distinctive position which demonstrates that general ethical assessments of human social life can be made without relaxing into the fundamentalisms of metaphysics or other "grand narratives".
- Hardback | 280 pages
- 152 x 229mm
- 25 Jun 1992
- Polity Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
Table of contents
Introduction: communicative ethics and the claims of gender, community and postmodernism. Part I: modernity, morality and ethical life; in the shadow of Aristotle and Hegel; autonomy, modernity and community; models of public space; judgement and the moral foundations of politics in Hannah Arendt's thought. Part II: autonomy, feminism and postmoderism; the generalized and the concrete other; the debate over women and moral theory revisited; feminism and the question of postmodernism; on Hegel, women and irony.