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Moral Perspectives on Feminism (3 vols.)

by Bucar, Elizabeth M., Traina, Cristina L. H., DeCrane, Susanne M.

Georgetown University Press 1999–2011

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Moral Perspectives on Feminism (3 vols.)
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Overview

Historically, feminist ethics have often been in opposition with other significant strands of ethical thought—especially in religion. Moral Perspectives on Feminism (3 vols.) places feminist arguments in dialogue with issues they frequently conflict with, using reasoning to illuminate the truths from either side. In Feminist Ethics and Natural Law, Cristina L. H. Traina seeks to reconcile Roman Catholic natural law and Anglo-American feminist ethics by highlighting the ways their ideals align. Creative Conformity follows the lives of 11 U. S. Catholic and Iranian Shi’i women to explore the ways they impact the ethical identities of their communities and the diversity of moral thought and action produced by religion. Aquinas, Feminism, and the Common Good engages with Thomas Aquinas’s notion of the common good to address contemporary issues, particularly within U. S. women’s health care, revealing that religious traditions once thought of as oppressive can rectify social injustice. Together, these three works provide valuable insight into the ways feminism and religious traditions interact and benefit each other.

The Moral Traditions Series by Georgetown University Press places contemporary moral issues in conversation with theologians to engage the church with the world. The texts included in this collection explore the moral traditions of the church and bring historical views into new light. The Logos edition of the Moral Traditions Series is comprised of five collections: Moral Perspectives on Feminism (3 vols.), Moral Perspectives on Sex, Family, and Bioethics (7 vols.), Fundamental Issues in Moral Theology (17 vols.), Moral Theologians Collection (10 vols.), and Moral Perspectives on Society and Politics (11 vols.).

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Key Features

  • Engages feminist ethics with other moral perspectives
  • Follows the lives of 11 Catholic and Shi’i women of status
  • Explores the works of Thomas Aquinas from a feminist perspective

Individual Titles

Feminist Ethics and Natural Law: The End of the Anathemas

  • Author: Cristina L. H. Traina
  • Series Editor: James F. Keenan, SJ
  • Series: Moral Traditions Series
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press
  • Publication Date: 1999
  • Pages: 416

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Heated debates over issues like abortion, contraception, ordination, and Church hierarchy illuminate the tension between the ethics of feminism and natural law. In Feminist Ethics and Natural Law, Cristina L. H. Traina seeks to reconcile Roman Catholic natural law and Anglo-American feminist ethics by highlighting the ways their goals and assumptions align.

This text proposes an innovative union of the two supposedly antagonistic schools of thought—a new feminist natural law—that would more comprehensive moral analysis than either existing tradition can alone. This provocative book engages students of moral theology as well as feminists who object to natural law ethics, and suggests how each might find insight in the other.

The interpretation of both the Roman Catholic natural law tradition and Anglo-American feminist ethics is sharp and illuminating. The aim of the whole offers a creative contribution to both traditions and an interesting perspective on the specific authors.

—Margaret A. Farley, Gilbert L. Stark Professor of Christian Ethics, Yale University Divinity School

Cristina L. H. Traina is an assistant professor of religion at Northwestern University. She has a PhD in theology from the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Creative Conformity: The Feminist Politics of U. S. Catholic and Iranian Shi’I Women

  • Author: Elizabeth M. Bucar
  • Series Editor: James F. Keenan, SJ
  • Series: Moral Traditions Series
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 228

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Feminist scholarship has a tendency to identify Catholicism and Shi’i Islam as two religious traditions that have been historically skeptical or even hostile towards feminist claims. Seeking to demonstrate the misleading nature of these claims, Elizabeth Bucar compares the feminist politics of 11 U. S. Catholic and Iranian Shi’i women and explores how these women contest and affirm clerical mandates in order to expand their religious and political roles.

Through scriptural analysis and personal interviews, Creative Conformity reveals how women contribute to the production of ethical knowledge within each of these religious communities and explains how religious authority creates an unintended diversity of moral belief and action.

In Creative Conformity, Elizabeth Bucar makes good use of rhetorical analysis to illumine the ways Roman Catholic and Shi’i women carve out space for themselves while sustaining connections with their respective communities. Readers will learn much from this interesting and unique study.

—John Kelsay, distinguished research professor of religion, Florida State University

Elizabeth Bucar generates tremendous insights through interviewing and studying writings by leaders of women’s movements in both Iran and the United States. Bucar locates herself in the prose through engaging examples, and she frames the comparative inquiry with reflections on the research and practice of feminism in a global setting. Creative Conformity demonstrates the careful work needed to develop a cross-cultural feminist politics, to understand and appreciate the diverse ways that women empower themselves within the traditions they inhabit. The book also provides new ways of thinking and acting for secular academic readers.

—Jonathan Schofer, associate professor of comparative ethics, Harvard Divinity School

Creative Conformity is a welcome addition to the literature on women’s religious thought. Bucar rejects easy binaries between conservative and feminist, and contributes to the current rethinking of agency, ethics, and the female subject . . . This book is vital reading for those concerned with gendered scholarship and activism in Christian and Muslim contexts.

—Kecia Ali, assistant professor of religion, Boston University

Elizabeth M. Bucar is an assistant professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is the coeditor of Does Human Rights Need God?

Aquinas, Feminism, and the Common Good

  • Author: Susanne M. DeCrane
  • Series Editor: James F. Keenan, SJ
  • Series: Moral Traditions Series
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 236

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Focusing on one of Thomas Aquinas’ great intellectual contributions—the fundamental notion of “the common good,” or the human will toward peace and justice—DeCrane demonstrates the currency of that notion through a contemporary social issue: women’s health care in the United States and, more specifically, black women and breast cancer. In her skillful re-engagement with Aquinas, DeCrane shows that certain aspects of religious traditions previously understood as oppressive to women and minority groups can actually be used to rectify social ills.

DeCrane offers an impressive feminist ethics of the common good. Her foundations are laid carefully and her scholarship is precise. The result is a feminist hermeneutic with broad value for theological ethics, especially in a time when justice and rights must be debated cross-culturally, and human suffering hangs in the balance.

Lisa Sowle Cahill, professor of theology, Boston College

Creative Conformity is a welcome addition to the literature on women’s religious thought. Bucar rejects easy binaries between conservative and feminist, and contributes to the current rethinking of agency, ethics, and the female subject . . . This book is vital reading for those concerned with gendered scholarship and activism in Christian and Muslim contexts.

—Kecia Ali, assistant professor of religion, Boston University

It is a pleasure to read a text which so succinctly reviews major hermeneutical positions and so clearly and carefully elucidates and critiques the Aristotelian/Thomistic understanding of the common good. Susanne DeCrane’s work is an advance in feminist ethics and a superb example of a feminist methodology.

—Patricia Walter, associate professor of systematic theology, Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis

The feminist hermeneutical method creatively used to interpret the principle of the common good in the thought of Thomas Aquinas is illuminating. It has important, practical implications for health care in the U.S.

—Patricia Lamoureux, professor of moral theology, St. Mary’s Seminary & University, Baltimore

It is a pleasure to read a text which so succinctly reviews major hermeneutical positions and so clearly and carefully elucidates and critiques the Aristotelian/Thomistic understanding of the common good. Susanne DeCrane’s work is an advance in feminist ethics and a superb example of a feminist methodology.

—Patricia Walter, associate professor of systematic theology, Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis

Susanne M. DeCrane is vice president of mission integration, director of the spiritual care department, and consulting ethicist of St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Towson, Maryland.

Product Details

  • Title: Moral Perspectives on Feminism
  • Series Editor: James F. Keenan
  • Series: Moral Traditions Series
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press
  • Volumes: 3
  • Pages: 880

About James F. Keenan

James F. Keenan has been a Jesuit of the New York Province since 1970 and an ordained priest since 1982. He is a member of the board of directors for the Catholic Theological Society of America, a fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities at the University of Edinburgh, and a fellow of the Center of Theological Inquiry at Princeton. He has published numerous articles in scholarly journals including Theological Studies, Journal of Moral Theology, and the Asian Christian Review. His published books include The Ethics of the Word: Voices in the Catholic Church Today, Moral Wisdom: Lessons and Texts from the Catholic Tradition, and Goodness and Rightness in Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Theologiae.