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Being HumanEthics, Environment, and Our Place in the World$
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Anna Peterson

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520226548

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520226548.001.0001

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Relationships, Stories, and Feminist Ethics

Relationships, Stories, and Feminist Ethics

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(p.127) Chapter Six Relationships, Stories, and Feminist Ethics
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Being Human
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Anna L. Peterson

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520226548.003.0008

This chapter explores the internal challenges to the established Western moral tradition launched by feminist and ecofeminist theories. It explains that feminism connects ethical ideas both to larger worldviews and to real life and that certain feminisms offer a fuller vision of the role of moral ideas in human life than do many secular philosophies. It argues that the narrative interest of feminist ethics is tied to research on the differing moral priorities and perspectives of women and men, which in turn rest on different conceptualizations of what it means to be human.

Keywords:   Western moral tradition, feminist theories, ecofeminist theories, feminism, moral ideas, secular philosophies, human

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