Feminist Interpretations of Immanuel Kant

ISBN-10: 0271016760
ISBN-13: 9780271016764
Edition: 1997
Authors: Robin May Schott
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List price: $35.95
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press
Publication date: 7/23/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 440
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Because of his misogyny and disdain for the body, Kant has been a target of much feminist criticism. Moreover, as the epitome of eighteenth-century Enlightenment philosophy, his thought has been a focal point for feminist debate over the Enlightenment legacy--whether its conceptions of reason and progress offer tools for women's emancipation and empowerment or, rather, have contributed to the historical subordination of women in Western society.This volume presents radically divergent interpretations of Kant from feminist perspectives. Some essays see Kant as having contributed significantly to theories of rationality and autonomy in ways that can further feminist projects. Other essays argue that Kant is a preeminent exponent of patriarchal views and that gender hierarchies are inscribed in the very structure of his theories of morality and aesthetic judgment. But both critics and sympathizers challenge the accepted topography of Kantian philosophy by which central philosophical concerns are defined as those that are abstract, universal, and transcendental. Instead, these feminist writers resituate Kantian questions in the politics of everyday life and emphasize the embodied nature of knowledge, morality, and aesthetics. They analyze dilemmas that face concrete subjects, involving issues of friendship, collective responsibility, xenophobia, and colonialism, among others.Contributors are Annette C. Baier, Marcia Baron, Monique David-Mnard, Kim Hall, Cornelia Klinger, Jane Kneller, Sarah Kofman, Marcia Moen, Herta Nagl-Docekal, Adrian M. S. Piper, Jean P. Rumsey, Robin May Schott, Hannelore Schrder, Sally Sedgwick, and Holly L. Wilson.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Xenophobia and Kantian Rationalism
Can Kant's Ethics Survive the Feminist Critique?
Feminist Ethics: How It Could Benefit from Kant's Moral Philosophy
Re-Visions of Agency in Kant's Moral Theory
Kantian Ethics and Claims of Detachment
The Aesthetic Dimension of Kantian Autonomy
The Concepts of the Sublime and the Beautiful in Kant and Lyotard
Feminist Themes in Unlikely Places: Re-Reading Kant's Critique of Judgement
Sensus Communis and Violence: A Feminist Reading of Kant's Critique of Judgement
Kant's Patriarchal Order
How Can Individualists Share Responsibility?
The Gender of Enlightenment
Kant, the Law, and Desire
The Economy of Respect: Kant and Respect for Women
Rethinking Kant from the Perspective of Ecofeminism
Select Bibliography
Contributors
Index

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