Conceiving of God: Theological arguments and motives in feminist ethics [Book Review]

Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 4 (4):365-382 (2001)
This paper offers a critical investigation of the theological assumptions that lie within three forms of modern feminist ethics, with a view to challenging feminist ethics to enter the new theological possibilities opened up in postmodernity for the conceiving of god. The first part of the paper considers the conceiving of god in modern feminisms, in which theology becomes ethics. The consequences of this development are considered. The second part of the paper investigates the turn into postmodernity which hears the saying of the death of god and the critique of onto-theology. This disturbance to the foundations of feminist ethics is understood as part of a wider critique of humanism manifest particularly in gender theory. That the end of the modern human subject might allow a conceiving of god through an understanding of the performative is the restored orthodoxy to which the paper points.
Keywords feminism  gender  conceiving of god  humanism  performativity  modernity  nihilism  postmodernity  redemption  universalism
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