Feminist Interpretations of Jean-Paul Sartre by Julien S. Murphy

By Julien S. Murphy

Whereas Sartre used to be dedicated to liberation struggles around the world, his writing by no means at once addressed the oppression of girls. but there's compatibility among his significant rules and feminist ideals. during this first feminist assortment on Sartre, philosophers re-examine the benefits of Sartre's radical philosophy of freedom for feminist concept.

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Once discovered, they provide the framework for moral considerations and the justification for moral behaviour. Since these rights are established within the structures of our humanness, feminists who use this paradigm understand it to be consistent to claim that such rights are equally relevant to women and to men. Another expression of these principles is the Kantian demonstration of the moral law within human life, formulated as a desire to do what one ought to do which can only be fulfilled through obedience to those things that may be willed to be universal law, and that may be enacted without self-contradiction.

CHAPTER 2 The liberal paradigm In September 1791 in Paris, 'The Declaration of the Rights of Women Citizens' was issued by Olympe de Gouges. 1 Conversely, the corruption of government, she argued, was due to 'ignorance, neglect or contempt of the rights of women'. De Gouges believed that the same kinds of natural rights which men were proposing for themselves also applied to women. There was in her view no cause for distinction. She believed these natural rights to be established and expressed in the form of principles, and so her moral argument was that our reasoning in making decisions must be based on 'clear and unarguable principles'.

6 While in her room, the woman does indeed become fascinated by the wallpaper, the pattern and colour of which seem to her to represent so much that is true of her own life. 9 Increasingly, the wallpaper comes to represent her life, until the point at which she discerns the figure of a woman, and finally lots of women, behind the wallpaper trying to free themselves from its prison. At this point, two realities collide with one another.

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