On Not Making Ourselves the Prey of Others: Jean Hampton's Feminist Contractarianism
Author: Richardson, Janice
Source: Feminist Legal Studies, Volume 15, Number 1, April 2007 , pp. 33-55(23)
Abstract:This article assesses Jean Hampton’s feminist contractarianism by considering the way in which she draws together the contradictory positions of Hobbes and Kant to produce a test for exploitation in personal relationships. The ways in which this work fits with her other analysis of retribution, gratitude and self-worth are examined. Hampton’s work is evaluated in the context of Carole Pateman’s argument that moral theories distract from the political analysis of who has a voice in relationships. Hampton’s work presumes the social and economic structures that Pateman has done so much to understand. It is useful as a claim for justice in personal relationships, to be considered as part of consciousness-raising or public debate.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Email: Janice.Richardson@exeter.ac.uk
Publication date: April 1, 2007