The Liberation Debate: Rights at Issue by Dan Cohn-Sherbok

By Dan Cohn-Sherbok

This well-documented assortment demanding situations the reader to ascertain and decide the arguments in six parts of up to date unrest: women's liberation, black liberation, homosexual liberation, kid's liberation, animal liberation and liberation within the 3rd global. It refrains from taking a unmarried standpoint, therefore permitting the reader to achieve an perception into some of the features of the controversy. Designed either for college kids and a basic viewers, The Liberation Debate encourages readers to turn into energetic members in fraught and topical debates.

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Today in the USA, the UK and most other democratic countries this form of feminism is scarcely controversial. In that understanding, but only in that understanding, we are all feminists now. It is a second form of feminism, which might be dubbed neofeminism or New Wave Feminism, which is, I consider, a menace; and which would surely have been seen as such by those writers (both men and women) from the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries who developed the ideas to which ‘modern feminism owes its existence’ (p.

20: original emphasis). But the only reason offered for saying that their desires are desires which they have been illiberally forced to have precisely is that these are desires of which feminists disapprove. 12 But this is, characteristically, to collapse the fundamental distinction between equality of opportunity and equality of outcome (Flew, 1981). For, given the known falsity of the A RESPONSE TO JEAN HAMPTON’S FEMINISM 37 misguiding assumption of the EEOC, equality of opportunity can be taken as a good predictor not of equality but of inequality of outcome while equality of outcome provides a similarly if not perfectly reliable index of inequality of opportunity.

9 See again the references given in note 4, above; and compare Levin, 1987, pp. 283–5. ” It was: ‘Gad! ’ A RESPONSE TO JEAN HAMPTON’S FEMINISM 41 11 See above all the works of Thomas Sowell, especially his 1981, 1990 and 1994. 12 Research and Development Monograph 65 (Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office, 1978), p. 117. 13 For numerous examples of such small but nevertheless properly crucial difference see, for instance, Levin, 1987, ch. 4 and passim. 14 Compare, again, Epstein, 1992. 15 Usefully supplemented by Levin, 1987, chs 7–9.

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