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    Revolutionizing Responsibility.Mich Ciurria - 2024 - Feminist Philosophy Quarterly 10 (1).
    Introduction to the special issue by guest editor Mich Ciurria.
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    Do Virtue Ethicists Parent Poorly?J. B. Delston - 2024 - Feminist Philosophy Quarterly 10 (1).
    In this paper, I argue that virtue ethics is unfortunately committed to a developmentally detrimental form of moral evaluation in its traditional iterations. That is, first, because both action guidance and moral development are central to virtue ethic and, second, because virtue ethics permits or requires character appraisal in moral education and child-rearing through praise and blame. However, studies from developmental and clinical psychology show that praise or blame involving character appraisal can be detrimental to children and, especially, to women (...)
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    Against Neuronormativity in Moral Responsibility.August Gorman - 2024 - Feminist Philosophy Quarterly 10 (1).
    The moral responsibility literature frequently relies on both explicit and implicit claims about “ideal” or “normal” agency that import unjustified normative assumptions into our theorizing. In doing so, it both fails to reckon with and misconstrues the reality of agential diversity. In this article I diagnose the root of this problem, which I trace back to the confluence of two factors: the search for fundamental agential capacities, and systemic discrimination toward psychological variance. I then preview three socially and politically important (...)
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  4. Gender Dysphoria for Critical Theory.Penelope Haulotte - 2024 - Feminist Philosophy Quarterly 10 (1).
    Gender dysphoria is typically construed as a medical concept. This understanding of gender dysphoria reflects how cisgender people interpret trans experience. This essay proposes an alternative concept of gender dysphoria for critical theory: on this account, gender dysphoria is alienation from cisgender forms of life. If the medicalized concept of gender dysphoria tacitly takes for granted, identifies with, and thereby reinforces cisgender patriarchal society, a critical theory of gender dysphoria instead approaches the issue from the perspective of trans people, their (...)
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    The Distortions of Oppressive Praise.Jules Holroyd - 2024 - Feminist Philosophy Quarterly 10 (1).
    Practice-dependent approaches to moral responsibility appeal to our practices of moral responsibility in order to identify and justify the conditions for holding each other responsible. Yet, our practices are shaped by oppressive norms. For example, attributions of praise can be shaped by ableist norms, antifat norms, and norms of toxic positivity. I argue that such cases pose methodological and justificatory challenges for practice-dependent approaches of various stripes. In considering what resources these approaches might have to confront these challenges, I formulate (...)
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    Victim Blaming, Justified Risks, and Imperfect Victims.Marianna Leventi - 2024 - Feminist Philosophy Quarterly 10 (1).
    Victim blaming is a harmful but quite pervasive phenomenon occurring in contemporary societies. When people engage in victim blaming, they shift the burden of the harmful act from the perpetrators and place it upon the victims instead. This article explores how the discourse on moral responsibility can help make sense of victim blaming. The distinction between moral responsibility and blameworthiness can shed light on the contradictory intuitions that people experience when they hear about a victim who took what seems to (...)
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    A Taxonomy of Oppressive Praise.Hannah McHugh - 2024 - Feminist Philosophy Quarterly 10 (1).
    Theories of moral responsibility have often assumed that praise does not require justification in the way that blame might. In line with recent accounts, this article argues that praise does require such justification. Oppressive praise is an erroneous attribution of moral or normative responsibility that contributes to the production and reproduction of oppressive and dominating structures. This article provides a taxonomy of oppressive praising practices. Oppressive praise will track and enforce oppressive norms. It can be categorized into that which misrecognizes (...)
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    Climate Crisis as Relational Crisis.Shelbi Nahwilet Meissner & Andrew Frederick Smith - 2024 - Feminist Philosophy Quarterly 10 (1).
    It is commonly assumed that we currently face a climate crisis insofar as the climatological effects of excessive carbon emissions risk destabilizing advanced civilization and jeopardize cherished modern institutions. The threat posed by climate change is treated as unprecedented, demanding urgent action to avert apocalyptic conditions that will limit or even erase the future of all humankind. In this essay, we argue that this framework—the default climate crisis motif—perpetuates a discursive infrastructure that commits its proponents, if unwittingly, to logics that (...)
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    Against Arguing about Addict Agency.T. Virgil Murthy - 2024 - Feminist Philosophy Quarterly 10 (1).
    Much modern philosophy considers whether addicts—people who have normatively atypical relationships to various substances—possess genuine moral responsibility. Are addicts the subjects of apt attributions of blame, particularly in the context of their drug use and the negative consequences thereof? One group, “choice theorists,” tend to think so; another, “disease theorists,” think not. Rather than take a side or synthesize them somehow, I argue that we should stop arguing about this question entirely. In order for the discussion to be worthwhile, it (...)
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    “Friendly” Men and Social Roles.Ross Patrizio - 2024 - Feminist Philosophy Quarterly 10 (1).
    In 1983, Andrea Dworkin gave a speech entitled “I Want a Twenty-Four-Hour Truce during Which There Is No Rape,” in which she argued that the only way to put an end to the culture of rape in society is for men to take responsibility for it. The view that it is up to men to dismantle the culture of rape—including “friendly” men, who do not actively endorse and perpetuate this culture—might have been considered radical at the time, but the same (...)
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    Not My Fault.Katie Peters - 2024 - Feminist Philosophy Quarterly 10 (1).
    One problem highlighted by intersectional and Black feminist theory is that not all oppressed agents are oppressed in the same ways and to the same degree. One of the implications of this for responsibility practices is that social practices of exculpation will not apply equally across all agents. This article explores two false social narratives about far-right women and evaluates them according to the standard view of moral responsibility. The first narrative of misogyny as exculpation holds that far-right women are (...)
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    Reason and Solidarity with Persons against White Supremacy and Irresponsibility.Shyam Ranganathan - 2024 - Feminist Philosophy Quarterly 10 (1).
    White supremacy dominates the academy and political discussions. It first consists of conflating the geography of the West (where Black, Indigenous, and People of Color—BIPOC—are to be found) with a specific colonizing tradition originating in ancient Greek thought—call this tradition the West. Secondly, and more profoundly, it consists in treating this tradition as the frame for the study of every other intellectual tradition, which since the Romans it brands as religion. The political function of this marginalization of BIPOC philosophy is (...)
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  13. When Moral Responsibility Theory Met My Philosophy of Disability.Shelley Lynn Tremain - 2024 - Feminist Philosophy Quarterly 10 (1).
    In this article, I aim to demonstrate that moral responsibility theory produces, legitimates, and even magnifies the considerable social injustice that accrues to disabled people insofar as it implicitly and explicitly promotes a depoliticized ontology of disability that construes disability as a naturally disadvantageous personal characteristic or deleterious property of individuals rather than identifies it as an effect of power, an apparatus. In particular, I argue that the methodological tools of “analytic” philosophy that philosophers of moral responsibility theory employ to (...)
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    Affective Injustice and Responsibility for Emotion Regulation.Katherine Villa - 2024 - Feminist Philosophy Quarterly 10 (1).
    In this paper, I argue that the social norms that underlie our emotion regulation practices can result in further oppression of girls and women under conditions of patriarchy. One aspect of this oppression is the disproportionate responsibility for emotions that is taken on by girls and women in the wake of emotional distress caused by misogynistic aggression. I show that although emotion-regulation techniques are understood as ideal tools for enhancing agency and subjective well-being, and emotional labor is not necessarily oppressive, (...)
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