Just Life: Bioethics and the Future of Sexual Difference

Just Life: Bioethics and the Future of Sexual Difference

by Mary Rawlinson


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Just Life reorients ethics and politics around the generativity of mothers and daughters rather than the right to property and the sexual proprieties of the oedipal drama. Invoking two concrete universals—everyone is born of a woman and everyone needs to eat—Rawlinson rethinks labor and food as relationships that make ethical claims and sustain agency. Just Life counters the capitalization of bodies under biopower with the solidarity of sovereign bodies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231171755
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 03/01/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Mary C. Rawlinson is professor and chair of philosophy at Stony Brook University.

Table of Contents

Preface: On the Necessity of Universals in Philosophy and Bioethics
Introduction: Our Time—Man, Money, Media
I. Critique of Rights
1. State of Nature! Property, Propriety, and the Rights of Man
2. Capitalized Bodies: Bioethics, Biopower, and the Practice of Freedom
II. Refiguring Ethics
3. Antigone and Ismene: Hard Heads, Hard Hearts, and the Claim of the Right
4. Demeter and Persephone, "Unies Sous le Même Manteau"
III. Livable Futures
5. Eating at the Heart of Ethics
6. A Working Life
IV. Sovereign Bodies: Politics of Wonder or the Right to Be Joyful

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