Feminist Philosophy of Religion: Critical Readings

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Pamela Sue Anderson, Beverley Clack
Psychology Press, 2004 - Religion - 272 pages
Feminist philosophy of religion has developed in recent years because of the exposure of explicit sexism in much traditional philosophical thinking about religion. The struggle with a discipline shaped almost exclusively by men has led feminist philosophers to redress the problematic biases of gender, race, class and sexual orientation in the traditional subject.
Feminist Philosophy of Religion: Critical Readings brings together key new writings in this growing field. Part one of the reader explores important approaches to the feminist philosophy of religion, including psychoanalytic, poststructualist, postmetaphysical and epistemological frameworks. In part two, the contributors survey significant topics including questions of divinity, embodiment, spirituality and religious practice. Supported by explanatory prefaces and an extensive bibliography, Feminist Philosophy of Religion: Critical Readings is an important resource for this new area of study.
 

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Contents

Feminist approaches
3
A psychoanalytic approach
28
A poststructuralist approach
42
A postmetaphysical approach
54
A theological approach
73
An epistemologicalethical approach
87
Philosophical topics in feminist philosophy of religion
103
Divinity
105
Sacred metaphor Julia Kiristeva and Umberto Eco
153
Recollecting religion in the realm of the body or Body
170
Feminism and human mortality
183
Autonomy and spirituality
197
Love and attention
199
Autonomy and female spirituality in a Polish context divining a self
210
Religious practice
223
Practice belief and feminist philosophy of religion
225

Redeeming Mary the potential of Marian symbolism for feminist philosophy of religion
107
Women writing the divine
123
The price of masculine freedom and becoming a Jewish feminist response
136
Embodiment
151
Loving paradoxes a feminist reclamation of the Goddess Kali
241
Guide to further reading
264
Index
267
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Pamela Sue Anderson is Dean of Regent's Park College in Oxford, where she lectures in philosophy. She is the author of Feminist Philosophy of Religion: The Rationality and Myths of Religious Belief (1997). Beverley Clack is Senior Lecturer in Religious STudies and Philosophy at Oxford Brookes University. Her books include Sex and Death (2002), Misogyny in the Western Philosophical Tradition (1999) and The Philosophy of Religion (1998).

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