Download Challenging Liberalism: Feminism as Political Critique by Lisa H. Schwartzman PDF

  • admin
  • March 28, 2017
  • Political Theory
  • Comments Off on Download Challenging Liberalism: Feminism as Political Critique by Lisa H. Schwartzman PDF

By Lisa H. Schwartzman

Questions about the relevance and price of varied liberal strategies are on the center of significant debates between feminist philosophers and social theorists. even if many feminists invoke recommendations reminiscent of rights, equality, autonomy, and freedom in arguments for liberation, a few try to keep away from them, noting that they could additionally make stronger and perpetuate oppressive social constructions. In Challenging Liberalism Schwartzman explores the explanations why innovations similar to rights and equality can occasionally toughen oppression. She argues that sure sorts of abstraction and individualism are important to liberal method and that those provide upward push to a couple of difficulties. Drawing at the paintings of feminist ethical, political, and felony theorists, she constructs an strategy that employs those thoughts, whereas viewing them from inside a critique of social family members of strength.

Show description

Read Online or Download Challenging Liberalism: Feminism as Political Critique PDF

Best political theory books

The Political Ideas of Leo Strauss (Updated Edition)

Now in paperback, this publication explores the political considered Leo Strauss, a thinker so much famous for enjoying a key function in neoconservative inspiration in the United States. Drury explores Strauss's inspiration and its position in American politics, exposing what she argues are the elitist, approximately authoritarian lines inside it and people who persist with it.

Patriotism and Other Mistakes

George Kateb has been some of the most revered and influential political theorists of the final area century. His paintings stands except that of a lot of his contemporaries and resists effortless precis. In those essays Kateb usually admonishes himself, in Socratic model, to maintain political argument so far as attainable adverse: to be keen to say what we're not, and what we can't do, and to construct modestly from there a few account of what we're and what we should do.

Community and Civil Society (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought)

Jose Harris (ed. )

Tönnies' group and Civil Society (first released in 1887 as Gemeinschaft und Gesellschaft) is a vintage of social and political idea, exploring the stress among close-knit "communities" and an rising international industry "society". it's a reaction to modernity, an workout in social, political and ethical technological know-how, and an strange remark at the internal personality of "democratic socialism". This new translation and advent make this significant paintings even more conveniently available to pupil readers, and people attracted to social and political idea and the heritage of eu ideas.


' . .. the translators have right here performed an outstanding activity of translation from nineteenth-century German to twenty-first century English. ' German History

Theories of Modern Capitalism (Routledge Revivals)

First released in 1985, Theories of contemporary Capitalism offers a succinct examine of Marxist and non-Marxist theories of Capitalism, its fresh improvement, and the customers of a transition to socialism.

The examine starts off with a serious exam and comparability of 4 significant theories of capitalism, within the works of Marx, Weber, Schumpeter and Hayek. this can be via an research of the newest section of capitalism which has been conceptualised by way of Marxists thinkers in a number of methods as 'organised capitalism'', 'state monopoly', or 'late capitalism'. ultimately, Bottomore considers the query of a 'transition to socialism' within the various interpretations which were provided through Marxists on one facet, and by way of Weber, Schumpeter and Hayek at the different.

Theories of recent Capitalism can be precious in a variety of classes in social and political idea, and also will have an entice a broader readership enthusiastic about problems with social and monetary coverage.

Additional resources for Challenging Liberalism: Feminism as Political Critique

Example text

MacKinnon elucidates how the liberal conception of harm (based on a model of “individuals” whose rights can be violated) may make the harm of pornography impossible to detect: “If pornography is systemic, it may not be isolable from the system in which it exists. This does not mean that no harm exists. ”37 Dworkin’s discussion of pornography exemplifies this problem with the liberal conception of harm. ”39 As I argued earlier, however, Individualism, Oppression, and Liberal Rights Theory 29 the fact that other pervasive social practices and institutions reinforce the harm of pornography does not mean that pornography “causes” no harm.

In contrast, feminists (and others who are concerned with social justice) must also examine the ways that structural hierarchies are established and perpetuated. In overlooking the significance of these structures, liberal theorists may unwittingly import them into their theorizing and fail to achieve the abstraction for which they aim. In this chapter, I critically examine Dworkin’s theory of distributional equality, which he calls “equality of resources,” and the idealized situation 38 A Feminist Critique of Liberalism that he constructs to explain it.

20 In other words, Dworkin claims that the state must be neutral about the different “tastes” and “preferences” that its citizens express and that it must therefore recognize people’s right to pursue these preferences. Thus, in contradiction to Langton’s suggestion, it seems that Dworkin’s reasons for rejecting restrictions on pornography might not be limited to the fact that he does not consider the evidence of women’s subordination. Rather, certain characteristics of liberal thought seem to lend themselves to rejecting the arguments made by more radical theorists, such as MacKinnon.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.65 of 5 – based on 40 votes