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Lecture 4


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Health, Aging and Society
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Stefan Rodde

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PHILOSOPHY LECTURE 4 – FEMINISM Serious and diverse set of arguments Spanning many fields such as morality, epistemology, politics, geography, and history The attempt to incorporate an under recognized view The argument that social conditions are relevant factors What feminism does Access for rights that were previously not accessible for women Such as legal status, protection, pay equity Includes social issues politics etc. Challenging oppressive practices, beliefs, and social norms. Feminism history Early fem issues concerned with the political and economic status of women Voting rights Right to have education and have proff jobs Access to commerce and property rights and access to healthcare Legal rights, particular from abusers/domestic partnerships It is an ethical theory because it is concerned with all the dame problems as other theories but includes a wider scope Bantham – we are pleasure seekers governed in all we do in all we say, and in all we think” by pain and pleasure Kant – we are rational maxim-deriving self governors Feminism- we are at least partly the product of society and relationships we live in and our accounts of the good justice and other ethical concepts should reflect this. Philosophy- has not been kind to women historically Alison jagaar – traditional ethics fails women in five ways 1. ignores womens issues in favour of mens 2. disvalues private realm in which womens lives are traditionally lived 3. implies that women are morally inferior to men 4. emphasizes masculine traits over feminine ones 5. favours rules, rights, impartiality over relationships, responsibility and partiality. Role of social structures We are not typically held responsible for coerced actions How far does this principle extend Institutionalized coercion? Coercive institutions – feminist response - Pay particular attention to situation in which people are made to feel Vulnerable and be sure to accommodate them as best as possible - Empower people to feel more in control of their lives and decisions - Appeal for more democratic institutions Importance of relationships/contexts Traditional ethical theories emph
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