Philosophy 181 - 9.6 Feminist Theories of Ethics

By the end of this section, you will be able to:

  • Explain the framework of care ethics.
  • Summarize feminists’ historical critique of normative moral teachings concerning gender.
  • Evaluate the purpose and potential of intersectional moral discourse.

Feminism is, among other things, a political and philosophical movement that aims to end sexism and promote social justice. Feminists argue that the long-standing dominance of the male perspective has caused women’s interests to be ignored and their autonomy to be limited. In ethics, feminist thinkers have traditionally explored, criticized, and sought to correct the role gender has historically played in the development and application of moral beliefs and practices. They examine, for example, the ways in which power defines relationships within society and the extent to which it has influenced social/cultural development. Feminist ethics places special emphasis on exploring the role of gender and gendered thinking in shaping our views, values, and our understanding of ourselves and the world.

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The content of this course has been taken from the free Philosophy textbook by Openstax