Feminist Ethics in World Politics

Authored by: Fiona Robinson

The Ashgate Research Companion to Ethics and International Relations

Print publication date:  September  2009
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9780754671015
eBook ISBN: 9781315612935
Adobe ISBN: 9781317043546


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Feminist international ethics is only just beginning to gain a small measure of recognition in the field of international relations. While international ethics and feminist IR have, separately, progressed steadily over the past two decades, feminist approaches have struggled to find a voice within the sub-field of international ethics or ‘international political theory’. The purpose of this chapter is to examine the important work done by feminists in exploring the relevance of existing feminist moral and political philosophy to world politics, as well as offering innovative perspectives on the role and nature of ethics in this context. While some of this research has focused on elaborating epistemological, ontological and methodological debates in feminist international ethics, much of it has explored particular issues from the perspective of feminist ethics, including war and conflict, political violence, security and peace-building, global democracy and global governance. 1 1

On the feminism and the ethics of war, see Sjoberg (2006); on political violence see Hutchings (2007a); on security and peace-building see Porter (2007); on feminist ethics and global governance see Robinson (2009); on human rights and global democracy see Gould (2004).

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