Journal article

A Phenomenological Grounding of Feminist Ethics

A Daly

Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology | Taylor & Francis (Routledge) | Published : 2019


The central hypothesis of this paper is that the phenomenology of Merleau-Ponty offers significant philosophical groundwork for an ethics that honours key feminist commitments – embodiment, situatedness, diversity and the intrinsic sociality of subjectivity. Part 1 evaluates feminist criticisms of Merleau-Ponty. Part 2 defends the claim that Merleau-Ponty’s non-dualist ontology underwrites leading approaches in feminist ethics, notably Care Ethics and the Ethics of Vulnerability. Part 3 examines Merleau-Ponty’s analyses of embodied percipience, arguing that these offer a powerful critique of the view from nowhere, a totalizing God’s-eye-view with pretensions to objectivity. By revealing the ..

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Awarded by Irish Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Irish Research Council [grant number GOIPD/2016/273].