Feminist Ethics 1/31/2013 7:29:00 AM
Final Exam Date: Sunday April 14 2pm-5pm
Virginia Held, UNY.
What kind of proposition do we doubt the least?
Reports of sense impressions
The Answer: presuppositions.
Presuppositions: are pre-supposed. They are unconscious. They are not
doubted because we have never examined them.
-Often they are built into the structure of a given inquiry.
-Philosophy can bring presuppositions out of the darkness, and properly
-Many fields major advances happen because someone discovers and
overturns a presupposition.
Ex: geocentric theory – the earth must be at the centre
Independence of space and time.
-Questioning presuppositions is often hard – thinking outside the box.
It is hard, makes you feel disoriented.
This is the kind of work feminist ethics and Virginia Held have be
-V.H argues that ethics has subtle, well-enriched, presuppositions about the
nature of ethical theory.
-Presuppositions of ethics have been relegation the ethical experience of
women to the sidelines, leaving half the human race out of ethics
Three presuppositions of classical ethics
1) Reason and Emotion – classical ethics prizes reason over emotion.
2) Public and Private sphere – radical spilt.
3) Ideas of the Self
Reason and Emotions: -Traditional sees emotions as something that nee