Punk Rock and Discourse Ethics: 924 Gilman Meets Alison Jaggar

Radical Philosophy Review 15 (2):281-304 (2012)

Trevor Smith
Marquette University (PhD)
Alison Jaggar, in her treatment of feminist discourse ethics, expresses worries about using “idealized and imaginary communities” as elucidatory tools for discursive ethics. In response, this paper presents the history of 924 Gilman as a case study of a non-imagined and real discursive community. While the example of 924 Gilman, with its overtly feminist agenda and democratic ethos, bolsters Jaggar’s claims about the need for “closed communities” within discourse ethics, it also challenges some of her basic assumptions and raises important pragmatic and theoretical criticisms against discourse ethics.
Keywords Social and Political Philosophy
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DOI radphilrev201215221
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