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Norms and Values Essays on the Work of Virginia Held

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  • Copyright: 1998-07-09
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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Feeling and Form in Social Life shows how a vigorous and practical science of society can be built. Drawing in part from the philosophy of Susanne Langer, Lloyd Sandelands reveals human societies to be forms of life known intuitively as feelings of a whole rather than as observed interactions of persons. These feelings, which are personal and subjective, are made public and objective by the uniquely human capacity for artistic abstraction. Through art, people turn invisible feelings and forms of society into visible objects and performances that can be shared and studied scientifically.
The book brings this idea of society to life with diverse examples of social feelings and forms expressed in a stadium chant, folk dance, gift ritual, tree symbol, photograph, and organizational chart. Sandelands concludes with a powerful discussion of the implications of this idea for expanding the scope of social science and for resolving its persistent underlying confusions.

Author Biography

Lloyd Sandelands is professor at the University of Michigan in the department of psychology and in the school of business administration.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Care and Morality
Care as Labor and Relationshipp. 3
Caring in the Balancep. 27
Feminism, Autonomy, and Emotionp. 37
Feminism and Social Relations
Tropes of Social Relations and the Problem of Tropisms in Figurative Discoursep. 49
Feminist Morality and Social Policyp. 61
Cultural Justice and the Limits of Differencep. 73
Toward a Postpatriarchal Societyp. 87
Norms, Values, and Theory
A Pluralistic Model of Moral Justificationp. 113
Living with Evilsp. 125
Forgiveness and Feminismp. 141
Family and Race
Paternity and Commitmentp. 153
On the Expressivity and Ethics of Selective Abortion for Disability: Conversations with My Sonp. 173
"Racial Integration" Revisitedp. 205
Historical Reevaluations
Damaris Cudworth Masham: A Learned Lady of the Seventeenth Centuryp. 233
Does Kant's Ethics Ignore Relations between Persons?p. 251
Justice and Modes of Production: Allen Wood's "The Marxian Critique of Justice" Revisitedp. 267
Afterwordp. 283
Bibliography of the Writings of Virginia Heldp. 285
Indexp. 291
About the Contributorsp. 293
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