Anthology Introduction

I am planning to draft the introduction to our anthology this summer.  I would like as much input from the group as possible.  In this space, please make suggestions about what topics, ideas, problems, and issues should definitely find a place in the introduction.




Some of the most prominent ethical thinkers of the last few decades seem blind to gender; their ethical theories are presented as universally applicable. 


Have there been responses?

Have there been responses?



While many philosophers have chosen to ignore gender and create a universal ethics, many have also chosen to gender their ethics in a way that seems to only include/apply to one gender and alienate the other gender. This is also an issue.


My 2 (maybe 4) cents...

Not sure if this is within the scope of the intro, but all the ethicists included (late 20th century scholars, by and large) make a radical departure from the tradition of ethics before the 20th century. What is different about their context that they conceive of ethics differently than, for example, John Locke or John Stuart Mill? Are ethical questions different today than before, and if so, why?

What is the difference between morality and ethics? Several of the authors use the term “ethics” in different ways, and it is sometimes unclear that they’re referring to the same thing. 

Feminist ethicists have critiqued the false universality of modern ethics, which have largely ignored or suppressed gender. However, feminist ethics have in turn often assumed a false universality of heterosexual monogamy.  How do questions of gender and ethics, as well as their possible answers, change when the two terms in an ethical meeting are not “man” and “woman”? Is it possible that all ethical questions will “snap back” to these two terms, and if so, why?

Is it possible to have an ethics that does not re-inscribe the modern liberal faith in progress or are all ethics predicated upon an implicit teleology that terminates in a “better future”? How does this impact gender and ethics, given issues relating to gender and reproduction?

What is the relationship between knowledge and ethics? (IKnowledge and gender?)