Feminist Ethics and Social and Political Philosophy: Theorizing the Non-Ideal

  • Lisa Tessman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Feminist Theorizations of Ethics and Politics, and of the Ideal and Non-ideal

  3. Critiquing Idealized Characterizations of Personhood

  4. Remaking the Moral and Political Subject

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-147
    2. Macalester Bell
      Pages 165-183
    3. Alice MacLachlan
      Pages 185-204
    4. Sally J. Scholz
      Pages 205-220
  5. Contextualizing in Actualities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 221-221
    2. Peggy DesAutels
      Pages 223-236
    3. María Pía Lara
      Pages 237-251

About this book


Feminist Ethics and Social and Political Philosophy: Theorizing the Non-Ideal is a collection of feminist essays that self-consciously develop non-idealizing approaches to either ethics or social and political philosophy (or both). Characterizing feminist ethics and social and political philosophy as marked by a tendency to be non-idealizing serves to thematize the volume, while still allowing the essays to be diverse enough to constitute a representation of current work in the fields of feminist ethics and social and political philosophy.

Each of the essays either serves as an instance of work that is rooted in actual, non-ideal conditions, and that, as such, is able to consider any of the many questions relevant to subordinated people; or reflects theoretically on the significance of non-idealizing as an approach to feminist ethics or social and political philosophy.

The volume will be of interest to feminist scholars from all disciplines, to academics who are ethicists and political philosophers as well as to graduate students.


Feminist theory John Rawls Non-ideal theory Political philosophy Social theory ethics morality politics

Editors and affiliations

  • Lisa Tessman
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. PhilosophyBinghamton UniversityBinghamtonU.S.A.

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-6841-6
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-6840-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-6841-6
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