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Because I Said So: Toward a Feminist Theory of Authority

Rebecca Hanrahan and Louise Antony
Hypatia
Vol. 20, No. 4, Analytic Feminism (Autumn, 2005), pp. 59-79
Published by: Wiley on behalf of Hypatia, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3810888
Page Count: 21
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Because I Said So: Toward a Feminist Theory of Authority
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Abstract

Feminism is an antiauthoritarian movement that has sought to unmask many traditional "authorities" as ungrounded. Given this, it might seem as if feminists are required to abandon the concept of authority altogether. But, we argue, the exercise of authority enables us to coordinate our efforts to achieve larger social goods and, hence, should be preserved. Instead, what is needed and what we provide for here is a way to distinguish legitimate authority from objectionable authoritarianism.

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