In this volume, Taine Duncan offers a critique of Jürgen Habermas inspired by ethical and political feminist philosophy. She argues for a critical, theoretically grounded relational ethics and maintains that modern critical theory must be sensitive to social, political, and embodied difference. The utopian spirit of normative ethics, she suggests, can only be fairly achieved by fluidly working together for shared interests. By synthesizing feminist hopes for utopian ideals with the concept of solidarity that emerges from a relational ethics, this book puts forth a feminist project of cosmopolitanism as foundational for an ethical society. Habermas and Feminism explores the relevance of Habermas to philosophy while discussing how his strictures and assumptions limit what normative ethics should actually engender, a notion of embodied subjectivity contributing to emancipation and political participation.
Duncan delves into the pressing contemporary need for an emancipatory democratic theory that is responsive to feminist thought and takes intersectionality, immigration issues, and disability theory into account. By contrasting Habermas’ recent applications of normativity and consensus with the realities of feminist concerns, this book offers an alternative critical theoretical perspective.
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Taine M. Duncan is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and the Director of Gender Studies at the University of Central Arkansas, USA. She earned her PhD in philosophy from Duquesne University, USA, while also completing a graduate certificate in women’s and gender studies. Her research and teaching engages critical theories of all kinds, including critical theories of race and feminist philosophy. Her previously published research includes work on marginalized identities, sexuality, and utopic critical theory.
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