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Summary Feminist ethics covers a range of gender-specific social justice and moral questions.  This sub-discipline is concerned with the values and virtues of both the individual and the community via feminist and woman-centered approaches and responses to mainstream ethics and moral theory, especially liberalism and communitarianism.  More specifically, feminist ethics spans traditional ethics and political philosophy, the public and private domains, and individual vs. community analyses to demonstrate the extent and importance of private values in the public sphere and vice versa.  Additionally, this field aims to highlight deficiencies in philosophies (potentially, conceivably, explicitly) connected to matters of justice due to theoretical and practical gender-based exclusion.  One core goal of this sub-discipline is to broaden philosophical inclusiveness beyond gender concerns by paying attention to and emphasizing issues related to privilege, power, and intersectionality. 
Key works There are a number of anthologies that best represent the contemporary research in Feminist Ethics.  See: Calhoun 2004 (Setting the Moral Compass: Essays by Women Philosophers), Desautels et al 2001 (Feminists Doing Ethics), Meyers 1997 (Feminists Rethink the Self), Calhoun 2006 (Moral Psychology: Feminist Ethics and Social Theory), and Bushnell et al 1995 (Nagging Questions).  Divergent canonical texts include Walker 2007, Anderson 1999, Held 2006, Lugones 1987, and Narayan 1995.
Introductions Lindemann 2005 (An Invitation to Feminist Ethics); Card 1999 (Feminist Ethics and Politics); Whisnant & DesAutels 2007 (Global Feminist Ethics).
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  1. The moral status of micro-inequities: In favour of institutional solutions.Samantha Brennan - manuscript
    This chapter is about micro-inequities and their connection to the problem of implicit bias. It begins by defining micro-inequities, goes on to discuss what makes them wrong and what solutions might be appropriate given the institutional context in which they occur.
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  2. Procreation, Power and Personal Autonomy: Feminist Reflections.Anne Donchin - manuscript
    Anne Donchin attended graduate school while raising four children, received her doctorate from the University of Texas in 1970, taught for 18 years in Texas and New York, then joined the philosophy department at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis in 1982. Here she developed a Women’s Studies program, specialized and in numerous ways pioneered in feminist bioethics, and won two prestigious grants. She co-edited two books, published some forty articles, and co-founded and co-ordinated The International Network on Feminist Approaches to Bioethics. (...)
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  3. A Euthyphro Problem for Consent Theory.Jonathan Ichikawa - manuscript
    Consent theory in sexual ethics, Jonathan Ichikawa argues, has a Euthyphro problem. -/- It is widely held that sexual violations are explicable in terms of nonconsensual sexual contact. But a notion of consent adequate to explain many moral judgments typical of sexual ethics — a notion that vindicates the idea that consent cannot be coerced, that it must be sober, that children cannot consent to sex with adults, etc. — cannot, Ichikawa argues, be articulated, motivated, or explained in a way (...)
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  4. Understanding the Euxine: Neal Ascherson’s Black Sea. [REVIEW]David Braund - unknown - Arion 6 (1).
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  5. Lesbian Philosophy: Explorations.Lorraine Landry - unknown - Eidos: The Canadian Graduate Journal of Philosophy 6.
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  6. “I do not allow myself to be harmed, it is a luxury; I have two children who need me”: Basic guidelines for planning an experiential research methodology in women who have undergone mastectomy due to breast cancer.G. Alexias, M. Lavdas & M. Tzanakis - forthcoming - Facta Universitatis, Series: Linguistics and Literature.
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  7. Fanaticism in the manosphere.Mark Alfano & Paul-Mikhail Podosky - forthcoming - In Paul Katsafanas (ed.), The History and Philosophy of Fanaticism. Routledge.
    This chapter explores a case study in contemporary fanaticism. We adopt Katsafanas’s conceptualization of fanaticism to make possible an in-depth discussion of and evaluation of a diffuse but important social movement — the anglophone manosphere. According to Katsafanas, fanatics are fruitfully understood as members of a group that adopts sacred values which they hold unconditionally to preserve their own psychic unity, and who feel that those values are threatened by those who do not accept them. The manosphere includes several social (...)
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  8. Beginning the World Again: Metaphor in the Early Literature of AIDS.Chuck Anderson & Yvonne Oxford Hickey - forthcoming - Bioethics Forum.
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  9. Gendering Ethics/The Ethics of Gender.P. S. Anderson - forthcoming - Radical Philosophy.
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  10. Breaking the Boundaries: Gender, Genre, and Dystopia.Raffaella Baccolini - forthcoming - Minerva.
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  11. Autonomy, Sexuality, and Intellectual Disability in advance.Andria Bianchi - forthcoming - Social Philosophy Today.
  12. Caring presence.A. Bishop & J. Scudder - forthcoming - Nursing Ethics: Holistic Caring Practice.
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  13. 'Daughters of Jerusalem': The Ascetic Life of Women in the Fourth Century.Peter Brown - forthcoming - The Body and Society: Men, Women and Sexual Renunciation in Early Christianity (New York: Columbia University Press, 1988).
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  14. Gender Justice Today.Saju Chackalackal - forthcoming - Journal of Dharma.
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  15. Early images of the female warriors.Cannon Wlllard Charity - forthcoming - Minerva.
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  16. Are Used as Tools of Socialization at Black Women's Colleges.Alicia C. Collins & Bradford F. Lewis - forthcoming - Journal of Thought.
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  17. Building better Sex Robots: Lessons from Feminist Pornography.John Danaher - forthcoming - In Yuefang Zhou & Martin Fischer (eds.), AI Love You- Developments on Human-Robot Intimate Relations. Dordrecht: Springer.
    How should we react to the development of sexbot technology? Taking their cue from anti-porn feminism, several academic critics lament the development of sexbot technology, arguing that it objectifies and subordinates women, is likely to promote misogynistic attitudes toward sex, and may need to be banned or restricted. In this chapter I argue for an alternative response. Taking my cue from the sex positive ‘feminist porn’ movement, I argue that the best response to the development of ‘bad’ sexbots is to (...)
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  18. Chronic and intermittent AIDS: Related bereavement in a panel of homosexual men in New York City.Laura Dean, William E. Hall & John L. Martin - forthcoming - Journal of Palliative Care.
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  19. In aid of AIDS.S. Deb - forthcoming - Nexus.
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  20. The Harms of the Internalized Oppression Worry.Nicole Dular & Madeline Ward - forthcoming - Journal of Social Philosophy.
    In this paper, we locate a general rhetorical strategy employed in theoretical discourse wherein philosophers argue from the mere existence of internalized oppression to some kind of epistemic, moral, political, or cognitive deficiency of oppressed people. We argue that this strategy has harmful consequences for oppressed people, breaking down our analysis in terms of individual and structural harms within both epistemic and moral domains. These harms include attempting to undermine the self-trust of oppressed people, reinforcing unjust epistemic power hierarchies, undermining (...)
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  21. Gender identity among air force female aviators.K. O. Dunivin - forthcoming - Minerva.
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  22. "Women are not an interest group": The Issue of Women's Issues in the 2012 Presidential Campaign.Michaele Ferguson - forthcoming - Theory and Event 16 (1).
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  23. Predictive validity of the motive to avoid success in Black women.Jacqueline Fleming - forthcoming - Humanitas.
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  24. BDSM.Manon Garcia - forthcoming - In Clare Chambers, Brian D. Earp & Lori Watson (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Sex and Sexuality,. Routledge.
    BDSM is no longer treated as a manifestation of the darkest twists of the human soul but rather as a sexual activity like many others. Moreover, the philosophy of sex and much of popular culture has come to embrace BDSM for its models of consent, exploration, and freedom. Yet celebrating BDSM without deeper reflection can obscure some serious moral issues. In this chapter, I present an overview of the moral issues raised by BDSM, and I argue that it is reductive (...)
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  25. Mobilization of Women in Germany.Judith Grunfeld - forthcoming - Social Research: An International Quarterly.
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  26. What is Intimacy?Jasmine Gunkel - forthcoming - Journal of Philosophy.
    Why is it more violating to grab a stranger’s thigh or stroke their face than it is to grab their forearm? Why is it worse to read someone’s dream journal without permission than it is to read their bird watching field notes? Why are gestation mandates so incredibly intrusive? Intimacy is key to understanding these cases, and to explaining many of our most stringent rights. -/- I present two ways of thinking about intimacy, Relationship-First Accounts and the Intimate Zones Account. (...)
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  27. Diggers, Ranters, and women prophets: the discourse of madness and the Cartesian.Tom Hayes - forthcoming - Cogito.
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  28. Feminism and moral theory.Virginia Held - forthcoming - Bioethics: An Introduction to the History, Methods, and Practice.
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  29. Sex, gender, and aging1.Margaret Hellie - forthcoming - Humanitas.
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  30. Honorable Survivors: A Feminist Reply to Statman.Blake Hereth - forthcoming - Public Affairs Quarterly.
    Helen Frowe (2014) depicts the following fictional case: Fran is being raped by Eric and can’t stop him with violent resistance. Nevertheless, she resists and breaks Eric’s wrist. The infliction of defensive harm on Eric is intuitively permissible, yet it runs counter to the dominant view that defensive harms must stand a reasonable chance of success. Call this the Success Condition (SC). To solve this problem, Daniel Statman (2008) contends that even if Victim’s defensive harms fail to prevent her rape, (...)
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  31. Sex, gender, and aging.Margaret H. Huyck - forthcoming - Humanitas.
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  32. Of War and Peace.Horace Meyer Kallen - forthcoming - Social Research: An International Quarterly.
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  33. Postnationalist Ireland: Politics, Literature.Richard Kearney - forthcoming - Philosophy.
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  34. Leadership success strategies for women.Diane Kennedy - forthcoming - Colloquy.
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  35. The battle against AIDS.N. Kishalaya - forthcoming - Nexus.
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  36. P5. Women and Environment.Dua Kamal Kumai - forthcoming - Bioethics in Asia: The Proceedings of the Unesco Asian Bioethics Conference (Abc'97) and the Who-Assisted Satellite Symposium on Medical Genetics Services, 3-8 Nov, 1997 in Kobe/Fukui, Japan, 3rd Murs Japan International Symposium, 2nd Congress of the Asi.
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  37. Daryl Koehn, Rethinking Feminist Ethics: Care, Trust and Empathy Janna Thompson, Discourse and Knowledge: Defence of a Collectivist Ethics.S. Lovibond - forthcoming - Radical Philosophy.
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  38. Radical multiculturalism and women of color feminisms.María Lugones - forthcoming - Revista Internacional de Filosofía Política.
  39. Essentials to Peace.George C. Marshall - forthcoming - Social Research: An International Quarterly.
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  40. Reading minds, telling tales and creating dramas in a cultural borderland.C. Mattingly - forthcoming - Ethos: Journal of the Society for Psychological Anthropology.
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  41. Causality's Black Box.Betsy McCall - forthcoming - Philosophy.
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  42. Reading Together in a Different Register.Suzanne McCullagh, Michelle Forrest & Ian Reilly - forthcoming - Studies in Social Justice.
    In this paper we reflect upon our multi-year reading group as a site of decolonial feminist praxis that motivates reading in a different register from how we were trained to read as academics in the humanities. In collaborative study we willingly open ourselves to change, to being worked on by one another and by the texts we read. Our reading together has initiated the undoing of settler colonial academic subjectivity and the co-creation of new forms of scholarly subjectivity grounded in (...)
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  43. Criticizing Women: Simone de Beauvoir on Complicity and Bad Faith.Filipa Melo Lopes - forthcoming - In Berislav Marušić & Mark Schroeder (eds.), Analytic Existentialism. Oxford University Press.
    One of the key insights of Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex is the idea that gender-based subordination is not just something done to women, but also something women do to themselves. This raises a question about ethical responsibility: if women are complicit, or actively implicated in their own oppression, are they at fault? Recent Beauvoir scholarship remains divided on this point. Here, I argue that Beauvoir did, in fact, ethically criticize many women for their complicity, as a sign of (...)
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  44. Paediatric AIDS.S. Mohan - forthcoming - Nexus.
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  45. Emancipatory Attention.Christopher Mole - forthcoming - Philosophers' Imprint.
    The aim of this paper is to show that, for the purposes of addressing the epistemic aspects of systemic injustice, we need a notion of emancipatory attention. When the epistemic and ethical elements of an injustice are intertwined, it is a misleading idealisation to think of these epistemological elements as calling for the promotion of knowledge through a rational dialectic. Taking them to instead call for a campaign of consciousness-raising runs into difficulties of its own, when negotiating the twin risks (...)
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  46. Kipsigis Women's Preferences for Wealthy Men: Evidence for Female Choice in Mammals?Monique Borcerhoff Mulder - forthcoming - Human Nature: A Critical Reader.
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  47. A Picture of Gender.Julie A. Nelson - forthcoming - Hypatia.
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  48. Feminist Ethics (introductory).Kathryn J. Norlock - forthcoming - In Living Ethics: An Introduction with Readings. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    In this introductory essay, I describe feminist ethics as a kind of approach to morality that says we ought to pay attention to the facts on the ground and empirical information in order to know whether and how a moral problem is a gendered problem. One of the best accounts of feminist ethics is by Hilde Lindemann, who wrote that feminist ethics aims “to understand, criticize, and correct how gender operates within our moral and social beliefs and practices.” She doesn’t (...)
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  49. Review of Carol J. Adams, Alice Crary, and Lori Gruen (eds.) The Good It Promises, The Harm It Does: Critical Essays on Effective Altruism, 2023, Oxford: Oxford University Press. [REVIEW]Richard Pettigrew - forthcoming - Mind.
    Effective altruists (EAs) seek to persuade the globally wealthy to donate a proportion of their income to do good, and specifically to donate it to those charit.
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  50. Women’s Fear in Four Dalit Poems in Hindi.Consuelo Pintus - forthcoming - Governare la Paura. Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies.
    The paper's goal is the understanding of the ̔ fear of the other̕ within the Contemporary Indian Literature context and, in particular, through dalit women literature. I have selected four hindi dalit poems because they represent dalit women’s voice and they capture their agonies, pains and the dominant caste males vs females’ fear, the so called ̔fear of the other̕. It becomes inscribed into dalit women’s minds, as evidenced by many contemporary poems, so much so that women can be said (...)
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