The Ethics Is A Necessary Theory Essay

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Feminist ethics is a necessary theory to consider because traditional (male) ethics fail to acknowledge virtues that are beyond the focus of culturally masculine ones. By focusing on values of a patriarchal society, traditional ethics not only ignores females as moral beings but also narrows the ways of approaching ethical issues for all. By aiming attention at female values such as “interdependence, community, connection, sharing, emotion, body, trust, absence of hierarchy, nature, immanence, process, joy, peace, and life” instead of solely masculine ones such as “independence, autonomy, intellect, will, wariness, hierarchy, domination, culture, transcendence, product, asceticism, war and death”, an ethical view can be applied for real world situations where agents with varying emotions are present (Jaggar 1992). While objections to feminist ethics exist, the theory is still an instrumental one in criticizing moral practices that render women inferior and proposing alternatives that liberate and respect women (Jaggar 1992).
Feminist ethicists see that men and women typically have different moral views, neither one inferior nor superior to the other, just different. Men tend to favour a justice perspective while women put greater value in a care perspective (Gilligan 1982). The morals of men have an emphasis on autonomy and impartiality as exemplified in the traditional ethical theory of deontology where moral agents are autonomous and rational beings who act on principles…

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