Philosophical Inquiries into Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Mothering: Maternal Subjects

1st Edition

Sheila Lintott, Maureen Sander-Staudt

Routledge
Published February 27, 2015
Reference - 268 Pages - 6 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138902480 - CAT# Y185442
Series: Routledge Studies in Contemporary Philosophy

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Summary

Philosophical inquiry into pregnancy, childbirth, and mothering is a growing area of interest to academic philosophers. This volume brings together a diverse group of philosophers to speak about topics in this reemerging area of philosophical inquiry, taking up new themes, such as maternal aesthetics, and pursuing old ones in new ways, such as investigating stepmothering as it might inform and ground an ethics of care. The theoretical foci of the book include feminist, existential, ethical, aesthetic, phenomenological, social and political theories. These perspectives are then employed to consider many dimensions of pregnancy, childbirth, and mothering, which are of central importance to human existence, but are only rarely discussed in philosophical cannons. Topics include pregnancy and embodiment, breast-feeding, representations – or the lack thereof – of pregnant and birthing women, adoption, and post-partum motherhood.

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