An Introduction to Feminist Philosophy
December 2007, Polity
The book provides clear, succinct and readable accounts of key feminist thinkers including de Beauvoir, Butler, Gilligan, Irigaray, and MacKinnon. The book also introduces other thinkers who have influenced feminist philosophy including Arendt, Foucault, Freud, and Lacan. Accessible in approach, this book is ideal for students and researchers interested in feminist philosophy, feminist theory, women's studies, and political theory. It will also appeal to the general reader.
- How to use this book
- Introduction: What is Feminist Philosophy?
- Chapter 1: Sex
- Chapter 2: Gender
- Chapter 3: Sexuality
- Chapter 4: Sexual Difference
- Chapter 5: Essentialism
- Chapter 6: Birth
- Chapter 7: Feminism
- A core introductory text to feminist philosophy, pitched at level 1/2 undergraduates.
- Lays out theories and concepts in a highly accessible way for students with no previous knowledge of feminist thought.
- Covers all the major feminist thinkers, including de Beauvoir, Butler, Gilligan, Irigaray, and MacKinnon.
- Includes an in-text glossary, further reading suggestions and frequent use of bullet points to guide the reader through the material.
- Will be required reading on a wide range of feminist thought courses within philosophy, women’s studies, sociology, politics and cultural studies degrees.
"Moving deftly through an impressive range of literature in psychoanalysis, gender theory, equality-difference debates, and complex questions about gender essentialism, Stone offers a thoughtful, scholarly and practical introduction to a range of interpretive strategies and symbolic structures that sustain gendered oppression and subordination. The book is a fine resource for professional philosophers, and an excellent, accessible teaching text."
Lorraine Code, York University, Toronto
"The considerable accomplishment of this comprehensive and reliable guide is the fine balance it achieves. It stands as a model of clarity and of philosophical argument, which on the one hand avoids making unexplained assumptions, and on the other hand manages to avoid being reductive. It constitutes a valuable resource for readers who want to familiarize themselves with the field, and a useful tool for those who seek clarification of central debates."
Tina Chanter, DePaul University, Chicago