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Vulnerability: Reflections on a New Ethical Foundation for Law and Politics

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Edited by: Martha Albertson Fineman, Anna Grear

ISBN13: 9781472421630
Published: December 2013
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £35.00
Hardback edition , ISBN13 9781317000907



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Martha Albertson Fineman's earlier work developed a theory of inevitable and derivative dependencies as a way of problematizing the core assumptions underlying the 'autonomous' subject of liberal law and politics in the context of US equality discourse. Her 'vulnerability thesis' represents the evolution of that earlier work and situates human vulnerability as a critical heuristic for exploring alternative legal and political foundations. This book draws together major British and American scholars who present different perspectives on the concept of vulnerability and Fineman's 'vulnerability thesis'. The contributors include scholars who have thought about vulnerability in different ways and contexts prior to encountering Fineman's work, as well as those for whom Fineman's work provided an introduction to thinking through a vulnerability lens.

This collection demonstrates the broad and intellectually exciting potential of vulnerability as a theoretical foundation for legal and political engagements with a range of urgent contemporary challenges.Exploring ways in which vulnerability might provide a new ethical foundation for law and politics, the book will be of interest to the general reader, as well as academics and students in fields such as jurisprudence, philosophy, legal theory, political theory, feminist theory, and ethics.

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Subjects:
Law and Society
Contents:
Introduction, Martha Albertson Fineman and Anna Grear
Equality, autonomy, and the vulnerable subject in law and politics, Martha Albertson Fineman
Kierkegaard and vulnerability, Alison Assiter
Vulnerability, advanced global capitalism and co-symptomatic injustice: locating the vulnerable subject, Anna Grear
Vulnerability and the liberal order, Sean Coyle
More than utopia, Morgan Cloud
After the storm: the vulnerability and resilience of locally owned business, Susan S. Kuo and Benjamin Means
Housing the vulnerable subject: the English context, Helen Carr
Assisted reproductive technology provision and the vulnerability thesis: from the UK to the global market, Rachel Anne Fenton
A quiet revolution: vulnerability in the European Court of Human Rights, Alexandra Timmer
Animals as vulnerable subjects: beyond interest-convergence, hierarchy, and property, Ani B. Satz
Bibliography
Index.