Moral Understandings: A Feminist Study in Ethics (Studies in by Margaret Urban Walker

By Margaret Urban Walker

In ethical Understandings, Margaret city Walker not just powerfully argues the case for a feminist ethics of accountability, yet in so doing extends the consequences past feminism. Viewing ethical accountability from quite a few socially and culturally positioned contexts turns out logic sufficient to all, settle for those that think themselves to be in a few transcendent place, epistemologically conversing.

What i am getting from interpreting Walker isn't the concept that we should always be studying off ethics from those quite a few positions within the feel of doing the standard (traditional) ethics from many vantage issues. that may be relativism. fairly, it kind of feels to me that Walker is arguing that we must always be responding from those positions. For Walker, ethical accountability is extra an expressive and collaborative workout than the conventional theoretical job which focuses in simple terms on decision-making. it really is this tradition of accountability that keeps the other-directedness of ethics embedded in social and cultural context.

For me, the main outstanding element of Walker's e-book has been that such a lot of of my utilized ethics learn scholars have stumbled on it important in grounding their paintings in fields as diversified as incapacity, weak identities, nursing ethics, GM meals, biotechnology, welfare ethics, and group improvement.

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I want to do this in turn so I can show how moral theorizing, differently understood, can directly interrogate some of the most morally troubling aspects of human social life: domination, oppression, exclusion, coercion, and basic disregard of some people by others. The fact is that morality as actual human practice has more often supplied understandings that legitimate such human relations than ones that condemn them. If we know such things are deeply wrong, it is because we have found our way to another actual human practice of responsibility that condemns these others.

We keep our practices of responsibility going, in accustomed or amended forms. 6 An expressive-collaborative model of practices of responsibility invites detailed and situated descriptions of the expectations and negotiations surrounding assignments of responsibility. It emphasizes that it is in the nature of morality to work by means of interpersonal understandings, so that what is to be described includes the participants’ grasp of what the understandings are. Close description and critical analysis can expose misfits among what happens, what participants think is going on, and what some parties think that others think.

So feminist critique of ethics finds gender bias in dominant theories of Anglo-American ethics that embody the theoretical-juridical approach. The pervasive imagery of a fraternity of independent peers invoking laws to deliver verdicts with authority is not just exclusive of women, however. The normative subject thus conjured up is not (typically) a woman; but he or she is also not a child, a person of disadvantaged economic, educational, or professional position, or someone of despised racial, caste, ethnic, sexual, or religious identity.

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