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Toward a New Feminist Liberalism: Okin, Rawls, and Habermas

Amy R. Baehr
Hypatia
Vol. 11, No. 1, The Family and Feminist Theory (Winter, 1996), pp. 49-66
Published by: Wiley on behalf of Hypatia, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3810355
Page Count: 18
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Toward a New Feminist Liberalism: Okin, Rawls, and Habermas
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Abstract

While Okin's feminist appropriation of Rawls's theory of justice requires that principles of justice be applied directly to the family, Rawls seems to require only that the family be minimally just. Rawls's recent proposal dulls the critical edge of liberalism by capitulating too much to those holding sexist doctrines. Okin's proposal, however, is insufficiently flexible. An alternative account of the relation of the political and the nonpolitical is offered by Jürgen Habermas.

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