Burdened Virtues: Virtue Ethics for Liberatory Struggles

Oxford University Press (2005)
Abstract
Lisa Tessman's Burdened Virtues is a deeply original and provocative work that engages questions central to feminist theory and practice, from the perspective of Aristotelian ethics. Focused primarily on selves who endure and resist oppression, she addresses the ways in which devastating conditions confronted by these selves both limit and burden their moral goodness, and affect their possibilities of flourishing. She describes two different forms of "moral trouble" prevalent under oppression. The first is that the oppressed self may be morally damaged, prevented from developing or exercising some of the virtues; the second is that the very conditions of oppression require the oppressed to develop a set of virtues that carry a moral cost to those who practice them--traits that Tessman refers to as "burdened virtues." These virtues have the unusual feature of being disjoined from their bearer's own well being. Tessman's work focuses on issues that have been missed by many feminist moral theories, and her use of the virtue ethics framework brings feminist concerns more closely into contact with mainstream ethical theory. This book will appeal to feminist theorists in philosophy and women's studies, but also more broadly, ethicists and social theorists
Keywords Virtues  Ethics  Women Conduct of life  Feminist ethics  Oppression (Psychology
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Call number BJ1531.T27 2005
ISBN(s) 0195179145   9780195179149   0195179153     9780195179156
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Climate Change and Complacency.Michael D. Doan - 2014 - Hypatia 29 (3):634-650.
Expecting Bad Luck.Lisa Tessman - 2009 - Hypatia 24 (1):9-28.
Infertility and Moral Luck: The Politics of Women Blaming Themselves for Infertility.Carolyn McLeod & Julie Ponesse - 2008 - International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 1 (1):126-144.
Reply to Critics.Lisa Tessman - 2008 - Hypatia 23 (3):pp. 205-216.

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