Moral Justification in an Unjust World

Authored by: Alison M. Jaggar , Theresa W. Tobin

The Routledge Companion to Feminist Philosophy

Print publication date:  May  2017
Online publication date:  May  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138795921
eBook ISBN: 9781315758152
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315758152-40

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Abstract

Social inequality and cultural diversity are inescapable features of our world. Their conceptual richness and variety of perspectives provide valuable resources for moral thinking but they also complicate moral reasoning, especially reasoning among members of differently situated social groups. When cultural values are diverse, different groups may prioritize similar values differently, the values of one culture may not have obvious correlates in another, and different forms of reasoning may be taken as authoritative. Inequality may allow members of powerful social groups to repress the moral views of the less powerful by ignoring, dismissing, or silencing them.

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