Feminist ethics, Aristotle`s ethics

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compare 3 virtues from feminist ethics with three virtues from aristotle`s ethics. How are feminist ethics and aristotle`s ethics differ, similar?

Sep 30th, 2014

Feminist ethics tends to reject universals and focus on particular emotions and relationships, often talking about the role of the housewife and mother, for example. It requires modification because it tends only to apply to small family groups, not offering any analysis of the larger community. Moreover, it does not give a clear account of what 'care' actually consists in. Aristotle can help because he regards ethics as enmeshed in particular situations and relationships, while also suggesting the idea of a larger community. He emphasizes the importance of personal fulfilment, which provides a way to limit the self-sacrifice undertaken by the carer. She must respect herself as well as others, including those outside her family group. Groenhout thinks that 'care' could be defined, with a little help from Aristotle, as 'that which allows ones to promote human excellence in others'. As for modifying Aristotle, this can be achieved by including feminine experiences in his list of virtues. Aristotle needs to recognize that caring for a lesser individual (such as a child) can make one a better person. Groenhout declares that her work benefits both Aristotle and care ethics, but it is questionable whether either would thank her for the favor.

Reference:

http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/1999/1999-02-08.html



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