Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Essays on Ethics and Feminism$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Sabina Lovibond

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198719625

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198719625.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 21 September 2021

Feminism and Postmodernism

Feminism and Postmodernism

(p.18) Essay 1 Feminism and Postmodernism
Essays on Ethics and Feminism

Sabina Lovibond

Oxford University Press

The essay considers the meaning of ‘postmodernism’ in a philosophical (as distinct e.g. from artistic) context. This work of informal analysis is intended to facilitate discussion of what attitude a feminist, i.e. someone hoping to see an end to female subordination, might reasonably adopt towards ‘postmodern’ tendencies. The selected postmodern phenomena all display some negativity towards the unifying impulse (both ethical and epistemological) of Enlightenment ideology, and of the rationalist or universalist politics inspired by it. These phenomena are organized under the headings ‘dynamic pluralism’, ‘quiet pluralism’, and ‘pluralism of inclination’, focusing respectively on questions of legitimation, tradition, and the ethical status of pleasure. Under each heading, reasons are suggested why feminists should be wary of assuming that postmodernist thinking will be helpful to their cause.

Keywords:   Enlightenment, legitimation, pleasure, postmodernism, rationalism, tradition, universality

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .