By Sarah Borden Sharkey (auth.)
This e-book articulates the theoretical outlines of a feminism built from Aristotle’s metaphysics, creating a new contribution to feminist concept. Readers will observe why Aristotle was once no longer a feminist and the way he may need develop into one, via an research of Aristotle and Aristotelian culture. the writer indicates how Aristotle’s metaphysics can be utilized to articulate a very refined and theoretically strong knowing of gender that could supply a hugely great tool for distinctively feminist arguments.
This paintings builds on Martha Nussbaum’s ‘capabilities strategy’ in a extra explicitly and punctiliously hylomorphist method. the writer exhibits how Aristotle’s hylomorphic version, built to run among the extremes of Platonic dualism and Democritean atomism, can equally be used this present day to articulate a view of gender that takes physically modifications heavily with no decreasing gender to organic determinations.
Although written for theorists, this scholarly but obtainable publication can be utilized to deal with simpler matters and the ultimate bankruptcy explores girls in universities as one instance. This e-book will attract either feminists with restricted familiarity with Aristotle’s philosophy, and students of Aristotle with restricted familiarity with feminism.
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The food is further labeled and priced so that it may be purchased at all—and all of these involve highly socially-conditioned processes. Further, there are numerous controversies about what counts as ‘natural,’ about what criteria a food would need to meet in order to be described as ‘all natural,’ and whether the governmentsponsored criteria for labeling something as ‘organic’ are sufﬁcient or even appropriate. ’ The debates within the food industry reveal how difﬁcult such judgment calls can be, but they also show that making such distinctions is possible.
Once again, it is understandable that so many contemporary theorists have downplayed biological differences. But even if understandable and praise-worthy in certain respects, it is also dangerous. Further, it seems to me that an Aristotelian account of bodies—in contrast to either a dualist or materialist account—can provide us a nuanced account of the signiﬁcance of biological differences for gender and gendered capabilities development. Thus, it seems to me both problematic and 74 Methodological questions are, thus, I think best addressed from within and by the disciplines most relevant to particular questions posed.
68 Fausto-Sterling, 218–219. 69 See Fausto-Sterling, 216, citing a 1974 article in the journal Women Sports. We might also ask how much cultural factors play into our assumptions about what it means to be un-athletic for women and for men. The Role of Biology in an Aristotelian Feminism 23 The average strength differences between men and women result at least in part from men’s larger size. The upper body strength of the average female (that is, strength derived from arms and shoulders) is about half that of the average male although, when matched for size, a woman has 80 percent of a man’s upper body strength.
An Aristotelian Feminism by Sarah Borden Sharkey (auth.)