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METHODOLOGICAL INVENTION AS A CONSTRUCTIVE PROJECT: Exploring the Production of Ethical Knowledge through the Interaction of Discursive Logics

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This article reflects one scholar's attempt to locate herself within emerging ethical methodologies given a specific concern with cross-cultural women's moral praxis. The field of comparative ethics's debt to past debates over methodology is considered through a typology of three waves of methodological invention. The article goes on to describe a specific research focus on U.S. Catholic and Iranian Shii women that initiated a search for a distinct method. This method of comparative ethics, which focuses on the production of ethical knowledge through the interaction of discursive logics of various moral agents, is described. The conclusion turns to how methodological invention can itself become a constructive project through the way it (1) locates the scholar in relation to her subject of study and (2) allows for isolation of tactics within specific moral discourses.

Keywords: Catholicism; Islam; comparative religious ethics; gender; methodology; moral discourse; rhetoric

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9795.2008.00352.x

Affiliations: Department of Religious StudiesUniversity of North Carolina at Greensboro109 Foust BuildingGreensboro, NC 27402-7170336.334.5483, Email: embucar@uncg.edu

Publication date: September 1, 2008

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