In this book, Janet Kourany offers an antidote to the pervasive and pernicious strains in Western philosophy that discount women. Most areas of Western philosophy tend not only to ignore women, but also to perpetuate long-standing antifeminine biases of the society as a whole. It does not have to be this way. Rather than be part of the problem, philosophy can be a powerful force for much needed social change. In this collection of essays by some of the most noted feminist philosophers, Kourany showcases ideas on the newest work of Western philosophy that is benefiting women as well as men. Included here are articles by Eileen O'Neill, Louise Antony, Virginia Held, Susan Okin, Carolyn Korsmeyer, Nancy Frankenberry, Lorraine Code, Janet Kourany, Andrea Nye, and Susan Bordo, all of whom show further directions in which philosophy ought to proceed.
This book demonstrates that feminist philosophy is not a separate area of philosophy that can safely be ignored by philosophers not "in" it. Rather, it relates to at least most of the major areas of philosophy, and its gains will stand to benefit all philosophers, no matter what their field.
Table of Contents:
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Philosophy in a Feminist Voice? 3
History of Philosophy: Disappearing Ink: Early Modern Women Philosophers and Their Fate in History 17
Philosophy of Persons: "Human Nature" and Its Role in Feminist Theory 63
Ethics: Feminist Reconceptualizations in Ethics 92
Political Philosophy: Feminism and Political Theory 116
Aesthetics: Perceptions, Pleasures, Arts: Considering Aesthetics 145
Philosophy of Religion: Philosophy of Religion in Different Voices 173
Epistemology: Voice and Voicelessness: A Modest Proposal? 204
Philosophy of Science: A New Program for Philosophy of Science, in Many Voices 231
Philosophy of Language: Semantics in a New Key 263
Afterword: The Feminist as Other 296