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Continental Feminist Ethics

  1. Ann Murphy

Published Online: 1 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444367072.wbiee622

The International Encyclopedia of Ethics

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Murphy, A. 2013. Continental Feminist Ethics. The International Encyclopedia of Ethics. .

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  1. Published Online: 1 FEB 2013


“Continental feminist ethics” refers to a field of philosophical inquiry and a group of thinkers that is notably diverse. Included in this category would be not only Continental feminist thinkers from France, Italy, Belgium, and Germany, but also feminist thinkers in the United States, the UK, and Australia who use concepts and strategies inherited from the canonical thinkers in nineteenth- and twentieth-century European philosophy. Despite the breadth and even vagueness of this category, it is possible to trace a line of inheritance in Continental feminist ethics that begins with the thought of French feminist Simone de Beauvoir, who is popularly regarded as the seminal figure in this philosophical tradition (see Beauvoir, Simone De).


  • continental philosophy;
  • discrimination;
  • diversity;
  • feminist philosophy;
  • politics;
  • deconstruction;
  • sexuality;
  • violence;
  • women