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Subject Philosophy

Key-Topics feminism

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405106795.2004.x


E thics, political philosophy, epistemology A movement based on the belief that the traditional relationship between men and women is one of male domination over women. Feminism has the over-all goal of removing all forms of subordination of women to men and obtaining equality between men and women in all fields, especially in terms of political and legal rights. Feminist philosophy seeks to understand the origin and various forms of this domination and to explore its contemporary consequences for women, as a basis for its elimination. It challenges various dualistic ontological dichotomies that associate women with their inferior or negative terms, for example, linking men with logic and rationality and woman with intuition and emotion. It rejects the traditional centrality of rational principles and emphasizes interpersonal relationships, caring , and the role of community . From a perspective of upholding the value of women's experience and ways of thinking, it reassesses many central notions of Western political philosophy, such as autonomy, equality, liberty, justice , and rights . Feminists generally support a sharp distinction between biologically determined sex and socially constructed gender and the possibility that changing gender roles will emerge. Feminism has influenced recent developments in many areas of philosophy, especially ethics, political and social ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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