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SWIPshop: Elizabeth Edenberg, “Where Should We Ground the Feminist Potential of Political Liberalism?”
November 15, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Where Should We Ground the Feminist Potential of Political Liberalism?
Elizabeth Edenberg (Fordham)
Tuesday, November 15th
The Graduate Center, CUNY
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Abstract: In recent years, a number of philosophers have argued that political liberalism is a useful tool for feminism. While these theorists are united in their effort to salvage political liberalism for feminist aims, there is significant disagreement about where to ground the feminist potential of political liberalism. Which aspects of Rawls’s theory are best suited to make it a useful tool for feminism? This paper will analyze several recent proposals and will argue that each rests on a prior condition: that the qualification of reasonableness must secure recognition respect for the freedom and equality of citizens as moral persons. I will show how understanding reasonableness in this way can unite the various feminist extensions of political liberalism, while avoiding the pitfalls of the other proposed moral grounds.