The Bodies of Women: Ethics, Embodiment, and Sexual Difference

Routledge (1994)
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In The Bodies of Women , Rosalyn Diprose argues that traditional approaches to ethics both perpetuate and remain blind to the mechanisms of the subordination of women. She shows that injustice against women begins in the ways that social discourses and practices place women's embodied existence as improper and secondary to men. She intervenes into debates about sexual difference, ethics, philosophies of the body and theories of self in order to develop a new ethics which places sexual difference at the very center of meaning. Diprose analyzes attempts in both feminist and non-feminist ethics to recognize the role of sexual difference. She critiques biomedical discourses whose descriptions mask a constitution and regulation of "the body." Drawing on insights from continental philosophy and feminist theory, The Bodies of Women includes critical readings of Hegel, Nietzsche, Merleau-Ponty, Derrida and Foucault as well as productive engagementwith contemporary feminist scholars such as Irigaray, Cornell and Young. What emerges is a unique approach to the ethics of sexual difference which both locates and subverts mechanisms of sexual discrimination.
Keywords Feminist ethics  Woman (Philosophy Moral and ethical aspects  Human reproduction Moral and ethical aspects  Sex differences Moral and ethical aspects  Body image  Body, Human Moral and ethical aspects  Feminist theory
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Call number BJ1395.D57 1994
ISBN(s) 0415097827   0415097835   9780415097826  
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