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Mary Wollstonecraft's nurturing liberalism: between an ethic of justice and care

American political science review, Sep 2001, Vol.95(3), pp.577-588 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Mary Wollstonecraft's nurturing liberalism: between an ethic of justice and care
  • Author: Engster, Daniel
  • Found In: American political science review, Sep 2001, Vol.95(3), pp.577-588 [Peer Reviewed Journal]
  • Subjects: History of Political Ideas ; Political Philosophy ; Liberalism ; Republicanism ; Feminism ; Justice ; Responsibility ; Caring ; United Kingdom ; Mary Wollstonecraft ; Political Science
  • Language: English
  • Description: Contemporary feminist scholars have devoted much attention to analyzing the relationship between justice & care theories but little to the ideas of early feminist authors. I being the political philosophy of the Mary Wollstonecraft to bear on contemporary justice/care debates in order to highlight her unique contribution. Although usually interpreted as a classical liberal or republican thinker, Wollstonecraft is better understood as a feminist care theorist. She aimed at a revolutionary transformation of liberal society by emphasizing the importance of caregiving duties. Unlike some recent feminist scholars, however, she still recognized an important role for justice. She argued that before personal caregiving activities could transform the political, political justice had first to be extended to personal caring relationships. Wollstonecraft's political philosophy thus provides a feminist model for synthesizing justice & care theories & represents an innovative reformulation of classical liberal & republican ideas that incorporates the care perspective. 50 References. Adapted from the source document.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0003-0554

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