The metaphysics of ethical love: Comparing practical vedanta and feminist ethics

Sophia 48 (3):221-235 (2009)
Abstract
In this paper I compare two very different deployments of love in ethics. Swami Vivekananda's concept of ethical love ties into the project of constructing an alternative masculinity for a colonized people; while feminist care ethics uses love to escape the perceived masculinity of traditional ethical theory. Using Kenneth Goodpaster's distinction between ‘framework questions’ and ‘application questions,’ I try to show that love in Practical Vedanta addresses the former while feminist care ethics concerns itself with the latter. Even though this difference, I suggest, could be a function of their varying historical-political contexts, the two issues need to be taken together for a more complete understanding of the ethical subject.
Keywords Swami Vivekananda  Feminist care ethics  Practical Vedanta  Identification  Relational self
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/s11841-009-0094-7
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
Edit this record
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Mark as duplicate
Request removal from index
Revision history
Download options
Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 30,727
External links

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
On Being Morally Considerable.Kenneth E. Goodpaster - 1978 - Journal of Philosophy 75 (6):308-325.
Justice, Care, Gender Bias.Cheshire Calhoun - 1988 - Journal of Philosophy 85 (9):451-463.

View all 8 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
A Framework for Feminist Ethics.Carol S. Robb - 1981 - Journal of Religious Ethics 9 (1):48 - 68.
Lamenting the Loss of Love: A Response to Colin Grant.Carter Heyward - 1996 - Journal of Religious Ethics 24 (1):23-28.
Kantian Practical Love.Melissa Seymour Fahmy - 2010 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 91 (3):313-331.
Feminist Ethical Theory.Virginia Held - 1999 - The Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy 1:41-49.
The Ethics of Love Conceived as an Ethics of Virtue.William K. Frankena - 1973 - Journal of Religious Ethics 1:21 - 36.
Added to PP index
2009-04-06

Total downloads
48 ( #112,568 of 2,197,333 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #299,047 of 2,197,333 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads
My notes
Sign in to use this feature