Feminism, Primatology, and Ethical Naturalism

@article{Arnhart1992FeminismPA,
  title={Feminism, Primatology, and Ethical Naturalism},
  author={Larry Arnhart},
  journal={Politics and the Life Sciences},
  year={1992},
  volume={11},
  pages={157 - 170}
}
  • Larry Arnhart
  • Published 1 August 1992
  • Art
  • Politics and the Life Sciences
Primatology supports a feminist ethical naturalism rooted in evolutionary biology. Patriarchal exploitation can be condemned as contrary to women's natural needs and capacities, although prudence is required in recognizing how ecological circumstances limit the range of practicable reform. Donna Haraway's history of primatology, however, illustrates the tendency of some feminists to reject naturalistic realism in favor of nihilistic relativism. Such relativism is disastrous for the feminist… 

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