The Wrong of Injustice: Dehumanization and its Role in Feminist Philosophy

2017.02.14 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Mari Mikkola, The Wrong of Injustice: Dehumanization and its Role in Feminist Philosophy, Oxford University Press, 2016, 285pp.,
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2017.02.14 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Mari Mikkola, The Wrong of Injustice: Dehumanization and its Role in Feminist Philosophy, Oxford University Press, 2016, 285pp., $35.00 (pbk), ISBN 9780190601089. Reviewed by John Gardner, University of Oxford Mari Mikkola's book has two parts, one negative and the other positive. The negative part documents the failure of attempts to provide a satisfactory 'thick' account of the concept of a woman. The positive part argues that the wrongfulness of various actions is owed to the fact that they are dehumanizing. One may ask why these two seemingly disparate projects are juxtaposed in a single book. The answer is that the book as a whole aims to draw feminists away from debates about what it is to be a woman, and towards debates about how we should treat human beings. That does not mean paying less attention to the predicament of women. There can be 'humanist feminism' (44), because 'every first-order moral. . .

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