Ethics naturalized: Feminism's contribution to moral epistemology

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  • Alison M. Jaggar

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  • University of Colorado at Boulder


A survey of Western feminist ethics over the past thirty years reveals considerable diversity; nonetheless, much recent work in this area is characterized by its adoption of a naturalistic approach. Such an approach is similar to that found in contemporary naturalized epistemology and philosophy of science, yet feminist naturalism has a unique focus. This paper explains what feminist naturalism can contribute to moral philosophy, both by critiquing moral concepts that obscure or rationalize women's subordination and by paying attention to real-life practices of moral inquiry, including those used by women.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)452-468
Number of pages17
JournalMetaphilosophy (edited by Professor Thomas Pogge, Columbia USA and ANU Australia)
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2000


  • Ethical naturalism, Feminist ethics, Moral epistemology, Moral rationality, Naturalized epistemology

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