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Toward a Humanist Justice: The Political Philosophy of Susan Moller Okin [Hardcover]

Debra Satz , Rob Reich

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June 29 2009
The late Susan Moller Okin was a leading political theorist whose scholarship integrated political philosophy and issues of gender, the family, and culture. Okin argued that liberalism, properly understood as a theory opposed to social hierarchies and supportive of individual freedom and equality, provided the tools for criticizing the substantial and systematic inequalities between men and women. Her thought was deeply informed by a feminist view that theories of justice must apply equally to women as men, and she was deeply engaged in showing how many past and present political theories failed to do this. She sought to rehabilitate political theories--particularly that of liberal egalitarianism, in such a way as to accommodate the equality of the sexes, and with an eye toward improving the condition of women and families in a world of massive gender inequalities. In her lifetime Okin was widely respected as a scholar whose engagement went well beyond the world of theory, and her premature death in 2004 was considered by many a major blow to progressive political thought and women's interests around the world. This volume stems from a conference on Okin, and contains articles by some of the top feminist and political philosophers working today. They are organized around a set of themes central to Okin's work, namely liberal theory, gender and the family, feminist and cultural differences, and global justice. Included are major figures such as Joshua Cohen, David Miller, Cass Sunstein, Alison Jaggar, and Iris Marion Young, among others. Their aim is not to celebrate Okin's work, but to constructively engage with it and further its goals.

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"Debra Satz and Rob Reich have edited an excellent and wide-ranging collection of essays that explores important themes in Okin's feminist and political philosophy, such as rethinking political theory; gender and the family; feminism and cultural diversity; and development and gender." --HYPATIA

"Debra Satz and Rob Reich have edited any excellent collection of papers in honor of Susan Moller Okin." --Amy R. Baehr, Social Theory and Practice

"Satz and Reich have honored Okin in the best possible way by bringing together an outstanding volume of critical essays that document and evaluate Susan Okin's amazing career as a feminist political theorist. Among the accomplishments highlighted, these articles reveal the details and limits of her liberalism and her feminism, and they illuminate her richly empirical methods, and show how her linchpin analyses could have been further extended. By showing us what Okin accomplished and what she had not yet completed, they renew my admiration for what she accomplished, regret for what might yet have been done, and determination to carry on her legacy."--Ann E. Cudd, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

"This is a wonderful collection of essays by very distinguished authors on important aspects of justice illuminated by Susan Moller Okin's path-breaking work. The book is of huge interest not only to those, like me, who were energized by Okin's pioneering writings, but also to the general public interested in the demands of social justice for women as well as men."--Amartya Sen, Thomas W. Lamont University Professor and Professor of Economics and Philosophy, Harvard University

"Toward a Humanist Justice is an excellent collection that demonstrates the brilliance, richness, and influence of Susan Moller Okin's work. Those looking to deepen their understanding of justice should consider this a must-read."--Sally Haslanger, Professor of Philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

About the Author

Debra Satz is Marta Sutton Weeks professor of philosophy and, by courtesy, of political science at Stanford University. She is also director of the interdisciplinary program in Ethics in Society. She teaches courses in ethics, social and political philosophy, and philosophy of the social sciences. Within these fields, her research has focused on the ethical limits of markets, theories of rational choice, democratic theory, feminist philosophy, and issues of international justice. Her articles have appeared in Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs, the Journal of Philosophy, and the World Bank Economic Review. Her book, The Moral Limits of the Market will be published by Oxford in 2009. Rob Reich is associate professor of political science and, by courtesy, of education, at Stanford University. He is also Director of the Ethics in Society Program. He is the author of Bridging Liberalism and Multiculturalism in American Education (2002) and co-author of Democracy at Risk: How Political Choices Undermine Citizen Participation and What We Can Do About It (2005). He is currently writing a book on the political theory of philanthropy.

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A "stellar list of contributors", or, a "stellar list of Liberal Loons"? All this angst about feminine equality. Godly women who are "doers of the Word" have equality. It is a gift from God that no mere government can bestow upon them. See Proverbs 31.

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