The Sceptical Feminist: A Philosophical Enquiry
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The Sceptical Feminist: A Philosophical Enquiry

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What should feminists be fighting for? In this study Janet Radcliffe Richards demonstrates what she believes to be the precise nature of the injustice women suffer, and sets out to expose as fallacious arguments by which it has been justified. Her analysis leads her to considerable criticism of many commonly-held feminist views, but from it emerges the outline of a new fem...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published October 27th 1994 by Penguin Books Ltd (first published January 1st 1980)
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I wanted to like this book more than I ended up liking it. Heaven knows, analytical arguments on feministic topics are scarce and this book offers those arguments in spades. Radcliffe Richards has a way of illuminating sticky questions that will stay with the reader. However, she seems to be a utilitarian and this position affects a lot of her conclusions. Nothing wrong with being a utilitarian per se, but the nuance in the arguments is often lost, because most issues are resolved with a short:...more
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I love this book because I read it and realised I wanted to be an academic. Intricate and sophisicated, the discussion on revised merit measures replacing the need for positive discrimination was centrally important for me. If I was you I would read it!
I found this book to be excellent. Clear and rational. It was my eureka moment with feminism!
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