Seeing and Caring: The Role of Affect in Feminist Moral Epistemology
Article first published online: 9 JAN 2009
1995 by Hypatia, Inc.
Special Issue: Analytic Feminism
Volume 10, Issue 3, pages 117–137, August 1995
How to Cite
LITTLE, M. O. (1995), Seeing and Caring: The Role of Affect in Feminist Moral Epistemology. Hypatia, 10: 117–137. doi: 10.1111/j.1527-2001.1995.tb00740.x
- Issue published online: 9 JAN 2009
- Article first published online: 9 JAN 2009
I develop two different epistemic roles for emotion and desire. Caring for moral ends and people plays a pivotal though contingent role in ensuring reliable awareness of morally salient details; possession of various emotions and motives is a necessary condition for autonomous understanding of moral concepts themselves. Those who believe such connections compromise the “objective” status of morality tend to assume rather than argue for the bifurcated conception of reason and affect this essay challenges.