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Summary Feminist ethics covers a range of gender-specific social justice and moral questions.  This sub-discipline is concerned with the values and virtues of both the individual and the community via feminist and woman-centered approaches and responses to mainstream ethics and moral theory, especially liberalism and communitarianism.  More specifically, feminist ethics spans traditional ethics and political philosophy, the public and private domains, and individual vs. community analyses to demonstrate the extent and importance of private values in the public sphere and vice versa.  Additionally, this field aims to highlight deficiencies in philosophies (potentially, conceivably, explicitly) connected to matters of justice due to theoretical and practical gender-based exclusion.  One core goal of this sub-discipline is to broaden philosophical inclusiveness beyond gender concerns by paying attention to and emphasizing issues related to privilege, power, and intersectionality. 
Key works There are a number of anthologies that best represent the contemporary research in Feminist Ethics.  See: Calhoun 2004 (Setting the Moral Compass: Essays by Women Philosophers), Desautels et al 2001 (Feminists Doing Ethics), Meyers 1997 (Feminists Rethink the Self), Calhoun 2006 (Moral Psychology: Feminist Ethics and Social Theory), and Bushnell et al 1995 (Nagging Questions).  Divergent canonical texts include Walker 2007, Anderson 1999, Held 2005, Lugones 1987, and Narayan 1995.
Introductions Lindemann 2005 (An Invitation to Feminist Ethics); Card 1999 (Feminist Ethics and Politics); Whisnant & DesAutels 2007 (Global Feminist Ethics).
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    Teaching ‘Philosophy of Feminism’ From a Global Perspective.Gail Presbey - 2012 - Apa Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy 12 (1):4-9.
    The paper points out ways in which philosophy can be taught from a global feminist perspective without falling into typical Eurocentric pitfalls. For example, African women's practices of cliterodectomy can be studied thoughtfully and in context, with attention to both sides of the issue, instead of covering the topic for its shock value as a strategy to convince students that relativism is wrong. The paper covers a reading list and topics that both cover feminist critiques of the prevalent male philosophical (...)
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    6. Die Theoretischen Grundlagen Feministischer Ethik.Herlinde Pauer-Studer - 1996 - In Das Andere der Gerechtigkeit: Moraltheorie Im Kontext der Geschlechterdifferenz. De Gruyter. pp. 96-110.
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    Nutrition, Women, and Sex Ratios.V. L. Bullough - 1986 - Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 30 (3):450-460.
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    A Demanding Ethics of Care.Eva Feder Kittay - 2020 - Hastings Center Report 50 (2):46-46.
    This is a response to a review of my book Learning From My Daughter. I argue that what the reviewers object to in my ethics of care is based partially on a mistaken view of my understanding of care.
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    Sacrifice and Moral Philosophy.Marcel van Ackeren & Alfred Archer (eds.) - 2020 - London: Routledge.
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    Feminism: Issues and Arguments.Jennifer Mather Saul - 2003 - Oxford University Press.
    A stimulating and accessible introduction to feminist philosophy. The chapters are organised around key issues of practical significance. Clear arguments are provided for a variety of feminist positions, drawing upon up-to-date empirical research. No background in feminism or philosophy is needed, and the clarity of the narrative ensures that Feminism: Issues and Arguments will appeal to a wide audience.
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    What Makes a Response to Schoolroom Wrongs Permissible?Helen Brown Coverdale - forthcoming - Theory and Research in Education.
    Howard’s moral fortification theory of criminal punishment lends itself to justifying correction for children in schools that is supportive. There are good reasons to include other students in the learning opportunity occasioned by doing right in response to wrong, which need not exploit the wrongdoing student as a mere means. Care ethics can facilitate restorative and problem-solving approaches to correction. However, there are overriding reasons against doing so when this stigmatises the wrongdoing student, since this inhibits their learning. Responses that (...)
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    Rehabilitating Self-Sacrifice: Care Ethics and the Politics of Resistance.Amanda Cawston & Alfred Archer - 2018 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 26 (3):456-477.
    How should feminists view acts of self-sacrifice performed by women? According to a long-standing critique of care ethics such acts ought to be viewed with scepticism. Care ethics, it is claimed, celebrates acts of self-sacrifice on the part of carers and in doing so encourages women to choose caring for others over their own self-development. In doing so, care ethics frustrates attempts to liberate women from the oppression of patriarchy. Care ethicists have responded to this critique by noting limits on (...)
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    Virginity Bias Against Women is Not From The Torah. [REVIEW]Ruth BatYah - manuscript
    This writing is a review of the 3rd chapter of Katherine E. Southwood's "Marriage by Capture in the Book of Judges".
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    Care and the Self: A Philosophical Perspective on Constructing Active Masculinities.Iva Apostolova & Elaina Gauthier-Mamaril - 2018 - Feminist Philosophy Quarterly 4 (1):1-15.
    Our paper focuses on the philosophical perspective of constructing active caring masculinities agencies in the contemporary feminist discourse. Since contemporary feminisms are not simply anti-essentialist, but more importantly, polyphonic, we believe that it is far more appropriate to talk about ‘masculinities’ as opposed to ‘masculinity’. We are proposing a revised understanding of the self in which the self is not defined primarily in the dichotomous, categorical one-other relationship. We use Paul Ricoeur’s anthropology to describe the self as relational, as well (...)
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    Trafficking and Prostitution Reconsidered: New Perspectives on Migration, Sex Work, and Human Rights. Kamala Kempadoo with Jyoti Sanghera and Bandana Pattanaik.Rebecca Whisnant - 2007 - Hypatia 22 (3):209-215.
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    Reconceiving Pregnancy and Childcare: Ethics, Experience, and Reproductive Labor. Amy Mullin. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.Patrice DiQuinzio - 2007 - Hypatia 22 (3):204-209.
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    Moral Psychology: Feminist Ethics and Social Theory.Cheshire Calhoun - 2006 - Hypatia 21 (3):214-217.
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    Embodied Care: Jane Addams, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and Feminist Ethics.Peta Bowden - 2006 - Hypatia 21 (3):210-214.
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    Why So Slow? The Advancement of Women.Sharyn Clough - 2004 - Hypatia 19 (2):150-151.
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    The Atrocity Paradigm: A Theory of Evil.Hilde Lindemann Nelson - 2003 - Hypatia 18 (2):213-215.
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    Women and the Politics of Class.LaDelle McWhorter - 2003 - Hypatia 18 (2):237-239.
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    Wounds of the Spirit: Black Women, Violence, and Resistance Ethics.Michele Dumont - 2003 - Hypatia 18 (3):229-232.
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    Mother Time: Women, Aging, and Ethics.Mary Briody Mahowald - 2002 - Hypatia 17 (1):213-216.
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    Norms and Values: Essays on the Work of Virginia Held.Elizabeth Brake - 2002 - Hypatia 17 (1):200-203.
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    Fighting Words: Black Women and the Search for Justice.Iris Marion Young - 2001 - Hypatia 16 (2):91-93.
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    Violence Against Women: Philosophical Perspectives.Renee Heberle - 2001 - Hypatia 16 (2):93-97.
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    Black Venus: Sexualized Savages, Primal Fears, and Primitive Narratives in French.Rebecca Saunders - 2001 - Hypatia 16 (3):169-172.
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    Caring: Gender-Sensitive Ethics.Joan C. Tronto - 1999 - Hypatia 14 (1):112-119.
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    Moral Understandings: A Feminist Study in Ethics. By Margaret Urban Walker. New York: Routledge, 1998.Rosemarie Tong - 1998 - Hypatia 14 (2):121-124.
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    What Are Friends For? Feminist Perspectives on Personal Relationships and Moral Theory.Sharon Bishop - 1996 - Ethics 106 (4):856-860.
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    Moral Dilemmas of Feminism: Prostitution, Adultery and Abortion.Debra Satz - 1996 - Ethics 106 (4):864-866.
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    Subjection and Subjectivity: Psychoanalytic Feminism and Moral Philosophy.Marilyn Friedman - 1996 - Ethics 106 (4):860-862.
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    Feminist Morality: Transforming Culture, Society, and Politics.Claudia Card - 1995 - Ethics 105 (4):938-940.
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    Theodicies in Conflict: A Dilemma in Puritan Ethics and Nineteenth-Century American Literature. Richard Forrer.J. David Greenstone - 1987 - Ethics 98 (1):182-183.
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    Dehumanizing Women: Treating Persons as Sex Objects.Patricia S. Mann - 1986 - Ethics 96 (4):885-886.
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    The Future of the Women's Movement. H. M. Swanwick.Nancy Catty - 1914 - International Journal of Ethics 25 (1):123-123.
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    Feeling, Knowledge, Self-Preservation: Audre Lorde’s Oppositional Agency and Some Implications for Ethics.Caleb Ward - forthcoming - Journal of the American Philosophical Association 6.
    Throughout her work, Audre Lorde maintains that her self-preservation in the face of oppression depends on acting from the recognition and valorization of her feelings as a deep source of knowledge. This claim, taken as a portrayal of agency, poses challenges to standard positions in ethics, epistemology, and moral psychology. This article examines the oppositional agency articulated by Lorde’s thought, locating feeling, poetry, and the power she calls “the erotic” within her avowed project of self-preservation. It then explores the implications (...)
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    Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes, Zika and Other Arboviruses, Community Engagement, Costs, and Patents: Ethical Issues.Zahra Meghani & Christophe Boete - 2018 - PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 7 (12).
    Genetically engineered (GE) insects, such as the GE OX513A Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, have been designed to suppress their wild-type populations so as to reduce the transmission of vector-borne diseases in humans. Apart from the ecological and epidemiological uncertainties associated with this approach, such biotechnological approaches may be used by individual governments or the global community of nations to avoid addressing the underlying structural, systemic causes of those infections... We discuss here key ethical questions raised by the use of GE mosquitoes, (...)
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    Sex, Love, and Gender: A Kantian Theory.Helga Varden - 2020 - Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
    Sex, Love, and Gender is the first volume to present a comprehensive philosophical theory that brings together all of Kant's practical philosophy — found across his works on ethics, justice, anthropology, history, and religion — and provide a critique of emotionally healthy and morally permissible sexual, loving, gendered being. By rethinking Kant's work on human nature and making space for sex, love, and gender within his moral accounts of freedom, the book shows how, despite his austere and even anti-sex, cisist, (...)
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    First-Personal Body Aesthetics as Affirmations of Subjectivity.Madeline Martin-Seaver - 2019 - Contemporary Aesthetics 17.
    This paper redirects some of the philosophical discussion of sexual objectification. Rather than contributing further to debates over what constitutes objectification and whether it is harmful, I argue that aesthetic experience is a useful tool for resisting objectification. Attending to our embodied experiences provides immediate evidence that we are subjects; aesthetically attending to that evidence is a way of valuing it. I consider the human body as an aesthetic site, then as an ethico-aesthetic site, and finally as a site of (...)
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    The Creeps as a Moral Emotion.Jeremy Fischer & Rachel Fredericks - 2020 - Ergo: An Open Access Journal of Philosophy 7 (6):191-217.
    Creepiness and the emotion of the creeps have been overlooked in the moral philosophy and moral psychology literatures. We argue that the creeps is a morally significant emotion in its own right, and not simply a type of fear, disgust, or anger (though it shares features with those emotions). Reflecting on cases, we defend a novel account of the creeps as felt in response to creepy people. According to our moral insensitivity account, the creeps is fitting just when its object (...)
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    Conscience in Reproductive Health Care: Prioritizing Patient Interests.Carolyn McLeod - 2020 - Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
    Conscience in Reproductive Health Care responds to the growing worldwide trend of health care professionals conscientiously refusing to provide abortions and similar reproductive health services in countries where these services are legal and professionally accepted. Carolyn McLeod argues that conscientious objectors in health care should prioritize the interests of patients in receiving care over their own interest in acting on their conscience. She defends this "prioritizing approach" to conscientious objection over the more popular "compromise approach" without downplaying the importance of (...)
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    Review of Global Feminist Ethics, Feminist Interventions In Ethics and Politics, and The Ethics of Care: Personal, Political, and Global. [REVIEW]Andrea Westlund - 2009 - Feminist Collections: A Quarterly of Women’s Studies Resources 30.
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    Feminist Ethics.Sarah Miller - 2017 - In Carol Hay (ed.), Philosophy: Feminism. Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan. pp. 189-213.
    This chapter begins by discussing what feminist ethics is and does through examination of a specific example of the spheres into which our lives are separated: the public and the private. After demonstrating how feminist ethicists critique, complicate, and expand the content and experiences of such categories, I characterize the overarching aims of feminist ethics as (1) critical and (2) creative. I then turn to major themes in feminist ethics, exploring four of them in depth: oppression, vulnerability and dependency, relationality, (...)
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    Is Women’s Sport a Clear Case of Sexual Discrimination?Emily Ryall - 2017 - The Philosophers' Magazine 76:29-34.
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    Reason and Feeling: Resisting the Dichotomy.Karen Green - 1993 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 71 (4):385 – 399.
    It is argued that it is not enough for feminist standpoint theory to argue that a feminine standpoint is better than a masculine one because of its genesis in female psycho-sexuality, it needs to show that its content is actually objectively more accurate. It then argues that historical feminists, such as Mary Wollstonecraft, have in fact tended to adopt a justice perspective, grounded in reason, which is objectively of greater value than that developed by many male authors, because these historical (...)
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    Environmental Ethics and Behavioural Change.Benjamin Franks, Stuart Hanscomb & Sean F. Johnston - 2017 - Routledge.
    Environmental Ethics and Behavioural Change takes a practical approach to environmental ethics with a focus on its transformative potential for students, professionals, policy makers, activists, and concerned citizens. Proposed solutions to issues such as climate change, resource depletion and accelerating extinctions have included technological fixes, national and international regulation and social marketing. This volume examines the ethical features of a range of communication strategies and technological, political and economic methods for promoting ecologically responsible practice in the face of these crises. (...)
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    Spinoza, Feminism, and Domestic Violence.Christopher Yeomans - 2003 - Iyyun 52 (1):54-74.
    In this paper I discuss two related ideas and cross-reference them, as it were, on the common ground of the Spinozistic text. First, I want to construct a Spinozistic account of domestic violence and a Spinozistic response to such violence. This will involve attempting to explicate the phenomenon (or at least one aspect of it, to be defined) through the terms and conceptual structure of Spinoza's Ethics. Second, I want to discuss a feminist reading (interpretation) of Spinoza, that of Luce (...)
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    Property, Women and Politics: Subjects or Objects?Donna Dickenson - 1997 - Cambridge: Polity.
    This book contributes to the feminist reconstruction of political theory. Although many feminist authors have pointed out the ways in which women have been property, they have been less successful in suggesting how women might become the subjects rather than the objects of property-holding. This book synthesises political theory from liberal, Marxist, Kantian and Hegelian traditions, applying these ideas to history and social policy.
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    On Bioethics and the Commodified Body: An Interview with Donna Dickenson.Donna Dickenson & Alana Cattapan - 2016 - Studies in Social Justice 10 (2):342-351.
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    Marxismo e psicanalisi in 'Il secondo sesso' di Simone de Beauvoir.Sergio Volodia Marcello Cremaschi - 1975 - Vita E Pensiero 61 (3-4):510-526.
    The paper reconstructs Beauvoir's interpretation of the Marxist and the Freudian contributions to our understanding of the feminine condition. A number of epistemological assumptions derived from Sartre's philosophy are pointed out. Beauvoir's reading of Marx, Engels, and Freud is discussed claiming that her reading is biased by humanistic and historicist assumptions.
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    Property in the Body: Feminist Perspectives.Donna Dickenson - 2007 - Cambridge University Press.
    New developments in biotechnology radically alter our relationship with our bodies. Body tissues can now be used for commercial purposes, while external objects, such as pacemakers, can become part of the body. Property in the Body: Feminist Perspectives transcends the everyday responses to such developments, suggesting that what we most fear is the feminisation of the body. We fear our bodies are becoming objects of property, turning us into things rather than persons. This book evaluates how well-grounded this fear is, (...)
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    Philosophy and Practice: Some Issues About War and Peace.R. M. Hare - 1984 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Lectures 18:1-15.
    I am going in this lecture on ‘Philosophy and Practice’ first to say something about philosophy and then something about practice, in order to show you how they bear on one another. But I must start by paying a tribute to the President of the Society for Applied Philosophy, Professor Sir A. J. Ayer, who has kindly agreed to take the chair at this lecture. I can honestly say that he is more responsible than anybody else for putting me on (...)
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    No More Mothers?: How Attenuating Factors Are Changing the Identity.Naomi Zack - 2009 - Social Philosophy Today 25:17-30.
    The role of motherhood was attenuated over the second half of the twentieth century, by literal and metaphorical factors: Privileged women gained control over their reproduction and developed non-mothering life priorities; government and society became less nurturing in public ideals; projects of spontaneous speciation began in biology; the environment became unsustaining. In addition, feminist criticism resulted in greater individuation between the persons of mothers and their children. With these changes, the role of motherhood lacks a positive identity, culturally and psychically. (...)
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