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Difference: The Challenge to Moral Reflection

In view of these deficiencies, it is doubtful that ideal theory should be moral and political philosophy's paramount concern. Instead, it seems to me best to scale back our philosophical ambitions and to try to understand the process through which moral insight may be gained and through which practices and policies designed to rectify injustice can be defended. Thus, I have turned to problems concerning moral subjectivity and moral reflection. In my judgment, however, the most prominent contemporary philosophical treatments of these topics remain too much in thrall to the traditions of impartial

reason. As a result, they ignore important dimensions of experience that are conventionally tagged feminine, and they fail to provide an adequate basis for defining and defending feminist objectives.