A Phenomenological Grounding of Feminist Ethics

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Title: A Phenomenological Grounding of Feminist Ethics
Authors: Daly, Anya
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/10021
Date: 27-Jun-2018
Online since: 2019-04-18T07:09:23Z
Abstract: The central hypothesis of this paper is that the phenomenology of Merleau-Ponty offers significant philosophical groundwork for an ethics that honours key feminist commitments – embodiment, situatedness, diversity and the intrinsic sociality of subjectivity. Part 1 evaluates feminist criticisms of Merleau-Ponty. Part 2 defends the claim that Merleau-Ponty’s non-dualist ontology underwrites leading approaches in feminist ethics, notably Care Ethics and the Ethics of Vulnerability. Part 3 examines Merleau-Ponty’s analyses of embodied percipience, arguing that these offer a powerful critique of the view from nowhere, a totalizing God’s-eye-view with pretensions to objectivity. By revealing the normative structure of perceptual gestalts in the intersubjective domain, he establishes the view from everywhere. Normativity is no longer deferred to higher authorities such as duty, utility or the valorised virtue, but through the perceptual gestalt it is returned to the perceiving embodied subject. This subject, defined by inherent intersubjectivity, is thereby vulnerable to others and has the capacity for care.
Funding Details: Irish Research Council
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Journal: Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology
Volume: 50
Issue: 1
Start page: 1
End page: 18
Copyright (published version): 2018 The British Society for Phenomenology
Keywords: PhenomenologyFeminist ethicsOntologyMerleau-PontyIntersubjectivityPerceptionNormativityCare EthicsThe Ethics of Vulnerability
DOI: 10.1080/00071773.2018.1487195
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
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