The Virtue of Feminist Rationality, Paperback / softback Book

The Virtue of Feminist Rationality Paperback / softback

Part of the Bloomsbury Studies in Philosophy series

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Feminist philosophers have been some of the most vocal critics of reason and rationality.

While most feminists realize that rationality is a concept that cannot be entirely abandoned, few have considered how to construct a positive account of rationality.

This book represents a sustained argument for a feminist theory of rationality.

It opens by asking the question: is reason inherently masculine?

Deborah K. Heikes goes on to answer this question negatively and to examine what feminists actually want from a theory of rationality, specifying what a virtue theory of rationality is and how it works.

She identifies those features that feminists believe are central to reason, identifying four dichotomies that are central to feminist thinking (mind/body, reason/emotion, identity/difference, objectivity/subjectivity), and argues that they can be captured by conceiving of rationality as a virtue concept.

She further demonstrates how a specifically feminist theory of rationality can provide objective grounds for feminists' moral, political and epistemic agendas.

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