Journal of Medical Humanities

, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 61-72

First online:

Feminist Slants on Nature and Health

  • Jessica Pierce
  • , Hilde Lindeman NelsonAffiliated withDepartment of Philosophy, Michigan State University
  • , Karen J. WarrenAffiliated withMacalester College

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Ecological feminism (or ecofeminism) and feminist bioethics seem to have much in common. They share certain methodological and epistemological concerns, offer similar challenges to traditional philosophy, and take up a number of the same practical issues. The two disciplines have thus far had little or no direct interaction; this is one attempt to begin some conversation and perhaps stimulate some cross-pollination of ideas. The email dialogue engaged an active ecofeminist scholar, Karen Warren, and an active feminist bioethicist, Hilde Nelson, in an exchange of ideas. Jessica Pierce, whose research cuts between environmental philosophy and bioethics, served as moderator.

feminist bioethics ecofeminism methodology environment nature health