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Out from the ShadowsAnalytical Feminist Contributions to Traditional Philosophy$
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Sharon L. Crasnow and Anita M. Superson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199855469

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199855469.001.0001

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Constructivism and Feminism

Constructivism and Feminism

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(p.175) 7 Constructivism and Feminism
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Out from the Shadows
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Julia Driver

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199855469.003.0008

Feminist care ethicists have been confronted with the dilemma of how to reconcile an ethics based on emotion with the need to criticize oppressive social norms. Some argue that “desire”‐based metaethics is essentially non‐cognitive, committed to the view that moral claims lack truth value. In this essay I argue for another alternative, a form of constructivism that preserves the truth value of moral claims while, nevertheless, basing morality on desire, on a sympathetic engagement with others. This approach is broadly Humean. On this view, moral claims have truth value and the truth value is not culturally relative. This is all that is necessary for the critique of accepted norms.

Keywords:   feminist ethics, feminist metaethics, ethics of care, constructivism

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