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Visible Women: Essays on Feminist Legal Theory and Political Philosophy

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ISBN13: 9781841131955
ISBN: 1841131954
Published: February 2002
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £47.00



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How should feminist theories conceive of the subject? What is it to be a legal person? What part does embodiment play in subjectivity? Can there be a conception of rights which does justice to the social contexts in which rights claims are embedded? Is the way the law constitutes legal subjects a form of violence?

These questions lie at the heart of contemporary feminist theory, and in this collection they are addressed by a group of distinguished international scholars working in law, philosophy and politics. The volume, in which the concerns of one author are taken up by others, advances current debate on two interconnected levels.

First, it contains original discussions of the questions raised above. At the same time, it contains a more reflexive strand of argument about the intellectual resources available to feminist thinkers, and the advantages and dangers of borrowing from non-feminist traditions of thought.

It thus provides a rich examination of contemporary legal and political feminist theory.

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Subjects:
Jurisprudence
Contents:
Feminism and the politics of difference - or, where have all the women gone?, Anne Phillips; the mother of the legal person, Kristin Savell; can women be legal persons?, Ngaire Naffine; feminism and the promise of human rights - possibilities and paradoxes, Stephanie Palmer; violence, ethics and law - feminist reflections on a familiar dilemma, Nicola Lacey; sexual difference and collective identities the new global constellation, Seyla Benhabib; the politics of ""presence"" and ""difference"" -working through Spinoza and Eliot, Moira Gatens; freedom and the imaginary, Susan James.