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Moral voices, moral selves : Carol Gilligan and feminist moral theory / Susan J. Hekman

Main Author Hekman, Susan J. Country Estados Unidos. Publication Pennsylvania : The Pensylvania State University Press, cop. 1995 Description IX, 188 p. ; 23 cm ISBN 0-271-01484-9 CDU 396:17 17:396 159.922.12
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In her landmark 1982 study In a Different Voice, Carol Gilligan argues that there is not only one, true moral voice, but two: one masculine, one feminine. Moral values and concerns associated with a feminine outlook are relational rather than autonomous; they depend upon interaction with others. Susan J. Hekman argues that the approach to morality suggested by Gilligan's work marks a radically new departure in moral thinking.

In a far-reaching examination and critique of Gilligan's theory, Hekman seeks to deconstruct the major traditions of moral theory that have been dominant since the Enlightenment. She challenges the centerpiece of that tradition: the disembodied, autonomous subject of modernist philosophy. Hekman argues that the logic of Gilligan's approach entails multiple moral voices, not just one or even two, and that factors other than gender--class, race, and culture--are constitutive of moral voice. Using the work of Wittgenstein and Foucault, she outlines the parameters of a discursive morality and its implications for feminism and moral theory.

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  • Theorizing the Moral Subject
  • Notes
  • References
  • Index

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Hekman sees in Carol Gilligan's work more than simply an alternative pattern of female moral development. She sees a paradigm shift to a relational, hermeneutical research method in psychology that is explicitly political and that challenges the epistemology behind traditional moral theory. This challenge results in the displacement of the Cartesian, autonomous, modernist subject in favor of a discursive subject constituted by the play of linguistic forces. Morality is not just another language game among many, but instead is constitutive of the discursive subject. Gilligan's model of the subject gives different moral voices equal standing, in contrast to the masculinist construction of morality as the disembodied application of abstract universal principles. This model thereby supports the feminist project. An imaginative, stimulating exploration of alternative ideas of subjectivity. Upper-division undergraduates and above.

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