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Philosophy of Feminist Criticism

An Introduction

Eve Browning Cole

149 pages
Paragon House

Here is a solid, well-reasoned introduction to feminist philosophy that instructors using traditional undergraduate texts will find especially useful in broadening debate. Philosophy and Feminist Criticism introduces readers to the lively and productive conversation between traditional philosophy and its feminist critics.

Designed to be accessible to the beginning philosophy student and to non-specialist readers, the book demystifies current debates concerning the nature and scope of philosophy and also clarifies the concerns and aims of feminist philosophers today. The author charts the development of feminist philosophy as a recognized contributor to intellectual debate, beginning with its outside the philosophical establishment in activism, cultural criticism, and social engagement.

The fresh approaches of Black feminists, Lesbian philosophers, American Indian feminists, and ecological feminists are brought into the dialogue. In addition, Cole lucidly surveys feminist criticism of the traditional philosophical problems of metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics. She concludes that neither feminism nor philosophy thrives when viewed as the "property" of specialists or in-groups, but that feminist philosophy is a powerful, vital, and inclusive conversation about the concerns most basic to human beings. Contemporary works by Gilligan, Benhabib, Tong, and others are also included in this invaluable text. Suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter assist students to explore subjects of interest in more depth.

Author Bio
EVE BROWNING COLE, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. She writes and lectures frequently on ancient Greek philosophy, feminism, and feminist theory and is co-editor of Explorations in Feminist Ethics: Theory and Practice and Heart and Mind: Essays in Feminist Philosophy.