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  1. Clare Chambers, Autonomy and Equality in Cultural Perspective: Response to Sawitri Saharso.
    In “Feminist ethics, autonomy and the politics of multiculturalism”, Sawitri Saharso argues that the feminist concern to protect women’s autonomy legitimates and permits two practices which might otherwise seem antithetical to feminism: hymen repair surgery and sex-selective abortion. Sex-selective abortion is given pragmatic support: since it is rare in the Netherlands (the focus of Saharso’s paper), and since limitations on abortion would adversely affect the autonomy of women who sought an abortion for other reasons, Saharso concludes that Dutch law ought (...)
     
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  2. Clare Chambers, All Must Have Prizes.
    Liberals like choice.1 Human flourishing, they believe, is to some degree dependent on individuals’ ability to choose their ends and actions. However, liberals sometimes fail to note that this principle does not always work in reverse: it does not follow that an individual acting according to her own choices will flourish, or that she will necessarily have the freedom and autonomy which are crucial to flourishing. In this paper, I shall show that even outcomes which result from the choices of (...)
     
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  3. Clare Chambers, Masculine Domination and Radical Feminism.
    Feminists are starting to look to the work of Pierre Bourdieu, in the hope that it might provide a useful framework for conceptualising the tension between structure and agency in questions of gender. This paper argues that Bourdieu’s analysis of gender can indeed be useful to feminists, but that the options Bourdieu offers for change are problematic. The paper suggests that Bourdieu’s analysis of gender echoes the work of earlier radical feminists, particularly Catharine MacKinnon, in important ways. Consciousness-raising, one of (...)
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  4. Clare Chambers, Political Liberalism, Autonomy and Gender Equality.
    This paper considers the tension between political liberalism and gender equality in the light of social construction and multiculturalism. The tension is exemplified by the work of Martha Nussbaum, who tries to reconcile a belief in the universality of certain liberal values such as gender equality with a political liberal tolerance for cultural practices that violate gender equality. The paper distinguishes between first- and second-order conceptions of autonomy, and shows that political liberals mistakenly prioritise second-order autonomy. This prioritisation leads political (...)
     
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  5. Clare Chambers (2013). The Marriage‐Free State. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 113 (2pt2):123-143.
    This paper sets out the case for abolishing state-recognized marriage and replacing it with piecemeal regulation of personal relationships. It starts by analysing feminist objections to traditional marriage, and argues that the various feminist critiques can best be reconciled and answered by the abolition of state-recognized marriage. The paper then considers the ideal form of state regulation of personal relationships. Contra other recent proposals, equality and liberty are not best served by the creation of a new holistic status, such as (...)
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  6. Clare Chambers (2010). Gender, Class, and Freedom in Modern Political Theory. Journal of Moral Philosophy 7 (1):145-147.
  7. Clare Chambers & Philip Parvin (2010). Coercive Redistribution and Public Agreement: Re-Evaluating the Libertarian Challenge of Charity. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 13 (1):93-114.
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  8. Clare Chambers (2009). Each Outcome is Another Opportunity: Problems with the Moment of Equal Opportunity. Politics, Philosophy and Economics 8 (4):374-400.
    This article introduces the concept of a Moment of Equal Opportunity (MEO): a point in an individual’s life at which equal opportunity must be applied and after which it need not. The concept of equal opportunity takes many forms, and not all employ an MEO. However, the more egalitarian a theory of equal opportunity is, the more likely it is to use an MEO. The article discusses various theories of equal opportunity and argues that those that employ an MEO are (...)
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  9. Clare Chambers (2008). Assessing Equality. Res Publica 14 (2):141-144.
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  10. Clare Chambers (2008). Gender. In Catriona McKinnon (ed.), Issues in Political Theory. Oup Oxford.
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  11. Clare Chambers (2008). Sex, Culture, and Justice: The Limits of Choice. Penn State Press.
  12. Clare Chambers (2008). Torture as an Evil: Response to Claudia Card, “Ticking Bombs and Interrogation”. Criminal Law and Philosophy 2 (1):17-20.
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  13. Clare Chambers (2007). Are Women Human? And Other International Dialogues - by Catharine A. Mackinnon. Ethics and International Affairs 21 (2):261–263.
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  14. Clare Chambers (2007). Are Women Human? And Other International Dialogues, Catharine A. MacKinnon (Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press, 2006), 432 Pp., $35.00 Cloth. [REVIEW] Ethics and International Affairs 21 (2):261-263.
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  15. Clare Chambers (2004). Are Breast Implants Better Than Female Genital Mutilation? Autonomy, Gender Equality and Nussbaum's Political Liberalism. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 7 (3):1-33.
    This essay considers the tension between political liberalism and gender equality in the light of social construction and multiculturalism. The tension is exemplified by the work of Martha Nussbaum, who tries to reconcile a belief in the universality of certain liberal values such as gender equality with a political liberal tolerance for cultural practices that violate gender equality. The essay distinguishes between first? and second?order conceptions of autonomy, and shows that political liberals mistakenly prioritise second?order autonomy. This prioritisation leads political (...)
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