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Sex and Social Justice,9780195112108

Sex and Social Justice

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Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 8/24/2000
Publisher(s): Oxford University Press

Summary

Writing with the rigorous argument and generous insight that characterizes all her work, Martha Nussbaum in these essays articulates a distinctive conception of feminism, one rooted in the liberal tradition of political thought but responsive to radical feminist critiques of this tradition. Growing out of her years of work with an international development agency connected with the United Nations, the book charts a feminism that is deeply concerned with global justice and with the urgent needs of women who live in hunger and illiteracy, or under inherently unequal legal systems. Clear, timely, and accessible, this collection makes available to a wide audience the incisive political reflections of one of our most important living philosophers.

Author Biography


Martha Nussbaum is Ernst Freund Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago. Among her many publications is Love's Knowledge: Essays on Philosophy and Literature (OUP 1990).

Table of Contents

Introduction: Feminism, Internationalism, Liberalism 3(29)
PART I JUSTICE
Women and Cultural Universals
29(26)
The Feminist Critique of Liberalism
55(26)
Religion and Women's Human Rights
81(37)
Judging Other Cultures: The Case of Genital Mutilation
118(12)
American Women: Preferences, Feminism, Democracy
130(24)
Equity and Mercy
154(30)
A Defense of Lesbian and Gay Rights
184(29)
PART II SEX
Objectification
213(27)
Rage and Reason
240(13)
Construction Love, Desire, and Care
253(23)
``Whether from Reason or Prejudice'': Taking Money for Bodily Services
276(23)
Platonic Love and Colorado Law: The Relevance of Ancient Greek Norms to Modern Sexual Controversies
299(33)
Sex, Truth, and Solitude
332(9)
Sex, Liberty, and Economics
341(14)
The Window: Knowledge of Other Minds in Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse
355(20)
Notes 375(88)
Name Index 463(4)
Subject Index 467

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