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Just Life: Bioethics and the Future of Sexual Difference

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2017.11.03 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Mary C. Rawlinson, Just Life: Bioethics and the Future of Sexual Difference, Columbia University Press, 2016, 296pp., $30.00 (pbk), ISBN 9780231171755. Reviewed by Catherine Mills, Monash University Mary Rawlinson's book is more philosophically ambitious than much of what is published in bioethics these days. A respected Irigaray scholar, Rawlinson brings this expertise in theories of sexual difference to bear on debates in bioethics, especially in regards to food ethics, to generate what she calls an "ethics of life." Throughout the book, she develops a strong critique of the rights-based framework of moral and political philosophy, arguing that this is founded on a notion of women's bodies as property. In its stead, she makes a case for reorienting ethical thought around the generativity of women's bodies. The book is organised in four parts, the first of which is dedicated to developing the critical. . .

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