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Caring to Know: Comparative Care Ethics, Feminist Epistemology, and the Mahabharata

ISBN : 9780199464760

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¥5,478
Author: 
Vrinda Dalmiya
Pages
340 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
138 x 216 mm
Pub date
May 2016
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As a venture in the emerging field of comparative feminist philosophy, this work goes against the current trend of considering caring and knowing as independent of each other. It argues for what can be called a care-based epistemology modelled on the now-familiar care ethics. Using critical insights from the Mahabharata, the book proposes that knowing and caring can be fruitfully theorized together, while keeping the argument firmly rooted in mainstream Anglo-Western virtue epistemology. What emerges is a feminist epistemology that uses the methods of creative comparative philosophy to come up with a concept of relational humility as the fulcrum of a new theory of knowing. On the one hand, the epistemic and ethical paradigms given in the Mahabharata are interrogated though the political lens of contemporary feminist theory. On the other, the scope of traditional care ethics and virtue epistemology is broadened through a dialogue with an epics narrative meditations on living well and knowing well in a very different context. Such a cross-cultural exploration gives us a robust conception of a good knower who is both an ethical agent as well as ready to make interventions in various forms of epistemic injustices.

Index: 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
1. Care-based Epistemology and the Comparative Feminist Context
2. Ethical Care in a Comparative Context
3. Intellectual Virtue in a Comparative Context
4. Deepening Comparisons: Further Resources
5. Caring and Knowing: Ethical, Epistemic, and Political Agency
6: Care-knowing
CONCLUSION: SO, IS COMPARATIVE FEMINIST PHILOSOPHY VIABLE
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

About the author: 

Vrinda Dalmiya is faculty in the Department of Philosophy, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, USA.

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