By Catherine Villanueva Gardner

Having merely emerged long ago few a long time, Feminist Philosophy is speedily constructing its personal thrust in components of specific significance to feminism_and ladies extra generally_while additionally reevaluating and reshaping such a lot different fields of philosophy, from ethics to common sense and Marxism to environmentalism. It attracts not just on feminist philosophers yet criticizes, approves, or appropriates the paintings of the top philosophers of all occasions. The advent to this reference paintings presents an invaluable review of the topic zone and the chronology runs the gamut from historical Greek philosophers to modern feminist ones. The cross-referenced dictionary entries conceal either the crucial figures and concepts from the ancient culture of philosophy, in addition to rules and theories from modern feminist philosophy, corresponding to epistemology (the philosophy of technological know-how) and issues which were brought by way of the feminist flow itself, like abortion and sexuality. as well as including...

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2001 The first conference of the Feminist Ethics and Social Theory (FEAST) association held in the United States. Introduction The fundamental distinction between feminist philosophy and mainstream philosophy is that feminist philosophy does not claim to search for knowledge for its own sake, but rather for the sake of a political goal: resistance to, and elimination of, the subordination of women. Feminist philosophy is no one thing; it covers a wide variety of perspectives and approaches. It is possible, however, to characterize the approach of many feminist philosophers to this political goal as one that uses gender as a lens of analysis, both to create a new, distinctly feminist philosophy and to expose the “maleness” of the Western intellectual tradition.

The last point to note is that there is a certain amount of overlap between some of the entries, usually in entries on subfields within philosophy such as epistemology or philosophy of science. This reflects the integrated nature of feminist philosophy. Despite the variety of approaches, there are some important cohesive aspects. Moreover, it is often typical that feminist philosophical criticism within its subfields follows a common pattern. This reflects a certain commonality of political and philosophical goals among the different feminist philosophical approaches and perspectives: it reflects the feminist philosophical enterprise itself.

This spread of interests and experiences on both sides of the Atlantic have allowed her to become familiar with many different aspects and activities in two major centers of feminist philosophy, while her experience as a teacher and writer enables her to pass this knowledge along to the expanding circles of potential readers. Jon Woronoff Series Editor Preface There is no one reader for the Historical Dictionary of Feminist Philosophy. The intended audience is broad, ranging from the casual reader who may simply want a specific term explained, to students wanting an introduction to the main ideas and roots of feminist philosophy, to professional philosophers exploring the history and subject matter of feminist philosophy.

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