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Feminist Politics and Human Nature

Feminist Politics and Human NatureAlison M. JaggarRowman & Allanheld1983

A comprehensive overview and analysis of dominant perspectives in American feminist thought, this book offers a critical introduction to the central varieties of feminist theory for those just beginning to delve into the history of feminism.

Feminist political philosophers use both traditional and nontraditional categories in attempting to describe and evaluate women’s experience. In either case, they often raise issues that may seem foreign to political philosophy as it is currently conceived. For instance, they ask questions about conceptions of love, friendship or sexuality. They wonder what it would mean to democratize housework or childcare. they even challenge entrenched views about the naturalness of sexual intercourse and childbearing. Their demands or slogans are unfamiliar and may appear non-political. They demand “control of their bodies,” “an end to sexual objectification,” and “reproductive rights.” They even assert that “the personal is political.”

Alison M. Jaggar in Feminist Politics and Human Nature

Table of Contents

Part One: Feminism and Political Philosophy

Chapter 1: Feminism as Political Philosophy
… “Feminism” and “Women’s Liberation”
… Women’s Liberation and Political Philosophy
… The Aims and Structure of This Book
… Four Conceptions of Women’s Liberation

Chapter 2: Political Philosophy and Human Nature
… Three Aspects of Political Philosophy
… Political Philosophy and Scientific Knowledge
… Science, Politics and Human Nature
… Human Nature and the Nature of Women

Part Two: Feminist Theories of Human Nature

Chapter 3: Liberal Feminism and Human Nature
… Traditional Liberalism and Human Nature
… Liberal Political Theory
… Liberal Feminism and Women’s Nature
… Problems for the Liberal Theory of Human Nature
… Conclusion

Chapter 4: Traditional Marxism and Human Nature
… Marxism and Human Nature
… Marxist Political Theory
… Marxism and Women’s Nature
… Problems for the Marxist Conception of Human Nature

Chapter 5: Radical Feminism and Human Nature
… Radical Feminist Conceptions of Human Nature
… Sexual Politics: The Political Theory of Radical Feminism
… Problems with the Radical Feminist Conception of Human Nature

Chapter 6: Socialist Feminism and Human Nature
… The Socialist Feminist Conception of Human Nature
… The Political Theory of Socialist Feminism: Toward a Political Economy of Sex and Gender
… Problems for Socalist Feminism

Part Three: Feminist Politics

Chapter 7: The Politics of Liberal Feminism
… The Political Values of Liberal Feminism
… The Liberal Feminist Analysis of Women’s Oppression
… The Liberal Feminist Proposals for Social Change
… Problems with Liberal Feminist Politics

Chapter 8: The Politics of Traditional Marxism
… The Political Values of Traditional Marxism
… The Traditional Marxist Analysis of Women’s Oppression
… The Traditional Marxist Proposals for Social Change
… Problems in Traditional Marxist Politics

Chapter 9: The Politics of Radical Feminism
… The Political Values of Radical Feminism
… Male Control of Women’s Bodies: The Radical Feminist Analysis of Women’s Oppression
… Living the Revolution: Radical Feminist Proposals for Social Change
… Problems with Radical Feminist Politics

Chapter 10: The Politics of Socialist Feminism
… The Political Values of Socialist Feminism
… Alienation: The Socialist Feminist Analysis of Women’s Oppression
… The Socialist Feminist Proposals for Social Change
… Problems with Socialist Feminist Politics

Part Four: Feminist Theories of Political Knowledge

Chapter 11: Feminist Politics and Epistemology: Justifying Feminist Theory
… Liberal Feminism and the Elimination of Bias
… Traditional Marxism and the Science of the Proletariat
… Radical Feminism and the Upward Spiral
… Socialist Feminism and the Standpoint of Women
… The Standpoint of Women as a Condition for Theoretical Adequacy
… Identifying the Standpoint of Women