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A Feminist Perspective on Virtue EthicsThe Paradox of the Virtuous Woman in Christine de Pizan’s Fortress and in Fifteenth-Century Public Life

A Feminist Perspective on Virtue Ethics: The Paradox of the Virtuous Woman in Christine de... [For a woman to adopt Stoic and Aristotelian virtue ethics in the twelfth century, as Heloise did, could be a way around the fact that women could not flourish by participating in politics. I presented Heloise’s project as an attempt to adapt the notion of political flourishing in an environment that aimed at some sort of self-sufficiency and where all citizens were women: the convent. But her philosophical activities also enabled Heloise to engage philosophically with some important debates of her time — her subtle readings of Seneca, on the one hand, and her commitment to the idea that virtue is a mean, on the other, meant that she had a distinct approach to virtue ethics, one which was rather uncommon in the twelfth century.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

A Feminist Perspective on Virtue EthicsThe Paradox of the Virtuous Woman in Christine de Pizan’s Fortress and in Fifteenth-Century Public Life

Springer Journals — Oct 10, 2015

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Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright
© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2015
ISBN
978-1-349-43930-0
Pages
59 –83
DOI
10.1057/9781137026644_4
Publisher site
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Abstract

[For a woman to adopt Stoic and Aristotelian virtue ethics in the twelfth century, as Heloise did, could be a way around the fact that women could not flourish by participating in politics. I presented Heloise’s project as an attempt to adapt the notion of political flourishing in an environment that aimed at some sort of self-sufficiency and where all citizens were women: the convent. But her philosophical activities also enabled Heloise to engage philosophically with some important debates of her time — her subtle readings of Seneca, on the one hand, and her commitment to the idea that virtue is a mean, on the other, meant that she had a distinct approach to virtue ethics, one which was rather uncommon in the twelfth century.]

Published: Oct 10, 2015

Keywords: Virtue Ethic; Common Good; Political Community; Political Life; Fifteenth Century

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