Normal view MARC view ISBD view

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

Main Author Hekman, Susan J. Country Reino Unido. Publication Cambridge : Polity Press, imp. 2005 Description IX, 188 p. ; 23 cm ISBN 978-0-7456-1502-8 CDU 396:17 17:396 159.922.12
Tags from this library: No tags from this library for this title. Log in to add tags.
    average rating: 0.0 (0 votes)
Item type Current location Call number Status Date due Barcode Item holds
Publicação de longa duração Biblioteca de Ciências da Educação
BCE 396:17 - H Available 431109
Total holds: 0

Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

This book is an original discussion of key problems in moral theory. The author argues that the work of recent feminist theorists in this area, particularly that of Carol Gilligan, marks a radically new departure in moral thinking. Gilligan claims 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.

In a far-reaching examination and critique of Gilligan's theory, Hekman seeks to deconstruct the major traditions of moral theory which have been dominant since the Enlightenment. She challenges the centrepiece of that tradition: the disembodied, autonomous subject of modernist philosophy. Gilligan's approach transforms moral theory from the study of abstract universal principles to the analysis of moral claims situated in the interactions of people in definite social contexts. Hekman argues that Gilligan's approach entails a multiplicity of moral voices, not just one or even two.

This book addresses moral problems in a challenging way and will find a wide readership among philosopher's, feminist thinkers and psychologists.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Theorizing the Moral Subject
  • Notes
  • References
  • Index

Reviews provided by Syndetics


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. J. W. Meiland; University of Michigan

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Susan Jean Hekman, is a postmodern feminist and the professor of political science and director of the graduate humanities program at the University of Texas at Arlington. Hekman's research has been critical of standpoint feminist theory.

There are no comments for this item.

Log in to your account to post a comment.