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An Invitation to Feminist Ethics

Second Edition

Hilde Lindemann

24 October 2019

ISBN: 9780190059316

200 pages

Price: £17.99



An Invitation to Feminist Ethics is a hospitable approach to the study of feminist moral theory and practice. Designed to be small enough to be used as a supplement to other books, it also provides the theoretical depth necessary for stand-alone use in courses in feminist ethics, feminist philosophy, and women's studies. The "overviews" section introduces important concepts in feminist ethical theory and contrasts that theory with the standard moral theories. The "close-ups" section looks at three topics—bioethics, violence, and the globalized economy—to help students put the theories presented in the Overviews section to practical use.

  • Offers a compact survey of the field of feminist ethics
  • Incorporates recent controversies and conflicts, including violence and the globalized economy
  • Serves as a light and informal introduction to feminist moral theory

About the Author(s)

Hilde Lindemann, Emerita Professor of Philosophy, Michigan State University

Hilde Lindemann is Emerita Professor of Philosophy at Michigan State University. A Fellow of the Hastings Center and a past president of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, her ongoing research interests are in feminist bioethics, feminist ethics, the ethics of families, and the social construction of persons and their identities. Her most recent book is Holding and Letting Go: The Social Practice of Personal Identities (Oxford University Press, 2016), which builds on her earlier Damaged Identities, Narrative Repair (Cornell University Press, 2001). With James Lindemann Nelson, she also wrote The Patient in the Family: An Ethics of Medicine and Families. She is the former editor of The Hastings Center Report as well as of Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy. She was the coeditor of Rowman & Littlefield's Feminist Constructions series and the general coeditor (with James Lindemann Nelson) of the Reflective Bioethics series at Routledge.

Table of Contents

    Chapter 1: What Is Feminist Ethics?
    Chapter 2: Discrimination and Oppression
    Chapter 3: Intersectionality
    Chapter 4: The Importance of Who We Are
    Chapter 5: Standard Moral Theories from a Feminist Perspective
    Chapter 6: Feminist Ethics of Care and Responsibility
    Chapter 7: Feminist Bioethics
    Chapter 8: Violence
    Chapter 9: Globalization and Cross-Cultural Judgments


"Hilde Lindemann has updated her classic, readable text with timely new sections on currently pressing topics and concepts such as intersectionality, sexual harassment, and microaggressions. Lindemann continues to be one of the most engaging voices in feminist philosophy. This new edition is an ideal text for today's students of feminist philosophy, as well as an important contribution to the field in its own right." - Rebecca Kukla, Georgetown University

"Outstanding! With characteristic clarity and insight Lindemann provides a valuable introduction to feminist ethics which is both rigorous and highly accessible." - Marya Schechtman, University of Chicago at Illinois

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