David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of Applied Philosophy 29 (4):302-317 (2012)
Critics argue that adaptive preference theorists misrepresent oppressed people's reasons for perpetuating their oppression. According to critics, AP theorists assume that people who adapt their preferences to unjust conditions lack the psychic capacities that would allow them to develop their own normative perspectives and/or form appropriate values. The misrepresentation is morally problematic, because it promotes unjustified paternalism and perpetuates colonial stereotypes of third‐world women. I argue that we can imagine a conception of AP that is consistent with acknowledging agency in people who perpetuate their oppression. I offer a weak perfectionist conception of AP that is consistent with recognising agentic capacities in the oppressed. On my conception, APs are preferences incompatible with an agent's basic wellbeing that formed under unjust conditions — and that an agent would reverse upon exposure to better conditions. My conception encourages respectful treatment of the oppressed without requiring us to abandon the feminist political goals the notion of AP is meant to serve. It helps us identify real‐world preferences that are problematically adapted to oppressive conditions and offers an account of why they seem not to be women's ‘true preferences’
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Lisa H. Schwartzman (2007). Can Liberalism Account for Women's “Adaptive Preferences”? Social Philosophy Today 23:175-186.
Donald W. Bruckner (2009). In Defense of Adaptive Preferences. Philosophical Studies 142 (3):307 - 324.
Asha Bhandary (2013). Adaptive Preferences and Women's Empowerment. By SERENE J. KHADER. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. Hypatia 28 (2):390-393.
Sandrine Berges (2011). Why Women Hug Their Chains: Wollstonecraft and Adaptive Preferences. Utilitas (1):72-87.
Ranjoo Seodu Herr (2010). Agency Without Autonomy: Valuational Agency. Journal of Global Ethics 6 (3):239-254.
Hugh Breakey (2010). Adaptive Preferences and the Hellenistic Insight. Australian Journal of Professional and Applied Ethics 12 (1):29-39.
Ann Levey (2005). Liberalism, Adaptive Preferences, and Gender Equality. Hypatia 20 (4):127-143.
Martha C. Nussbaum (2001). Symposium on Amartya Sen's Philosophy: 5 Adaptive Preferences and Women's Options. Economics and Philosophy 17 (1):67-88.
John Martin Gillroy (1992). Public Policy and Environmental Risk: Political Theory, Human Agency, and the Imprisoned Rider. Environmental Ethics 14 (3):217-237.
Lisa L. Fuller (2011). Knowing Their Own Good: Preferences & Liberty in Global Ethics. In Thom Brooks (ed.), New Waves in Ethics. Palgrave MacMillan. 210--230.
Ray Over & Gabriel Phillips (1997). Differences Between Men and Women in Age Preferences for a Same-Sex Partner. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 20 (1):138-140.
Linda Lemoncheck (1998). Loose Women, Lecherous Men: A Feminist Philosophy of Sex. Philosophical Studies 89 (2-3):369-373.
Herjeet Marway (2011). Scandalous Subwomen and Sublime Superwomen: Exploring Portrayals of Female Suicide Bombers' Agency. Journal of Global Ethics 7 (3):221-240.
Added to index2012-10-11
Total downloads10 ( #207,220 of 1,696,495 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #342,645 of 1,696,495 )
How can I increase my downloads?