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Toward a Humanist JusticeThe Political Philosophy of Susan Moller Okin$
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Debra Satz and Rob Reich

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195337396

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195337396.001.0001

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Of Linchpins and Other Interpretive Tools *

Of Linchpins and Other Interpretive Tools *

Reconsidering Okin's Method

(p.55) 3 Of Linchpins and Other Interpretive Tools*
Toward a Humanist Justice

Elizabeth Wingrove

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that Okin's “method”—her focus on actual social problems—has been largely ignored in the literature. The author of this chapter contends that examining Okin's method can help us understand some of the strengths of her work—its relevance, its ability to hone in on matters of importance—as well as throw light on its shortcomings. Because Okin eschewed engagement with method, this chapter claims that she was insufficiently aware of her own biases and assumptions. The chapter illustrates this claim by looking at Okin's writings on multiculturalism and on the family.

Keywords:   multiculturalism, feminist method, problem‐driven political theory, reflection

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