Conclusion: Implications for Feminist Ethics

  • Julinna C. Oxley


This book has covered considerable territory, surveying the nature of empathy, its epistemic functions and how they are important to moral deliberation, why empathy alone is unsuitable as the sole basis of moral judgment, how contractual ethical theories model empathy, and how empathy can be used in moral education. By way of conclusion, I want to make clear the significance of the arguments that have gone before and discuss directions for further research on related topics that I have not treated in detail. There is a great deal of interesting work being done on topics related to empathy—including narrative approaches to empathy, empathy in animals, and empathy in religious ethics (which might see these topics differently from secular ethics)—that I have been unable to examine here.11 close by demonstrating the practical application of my argument as it applies to feminist ethics in particular.


Moral Judgment Moral Dimension Care Ethic Feminist Issue Moral Deliberation 
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  • Julinna C. Oxley
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  1. 1.Coastal Carolina UniversityUSA

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