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Natural Caring: A Pragmatist Feminist Approach to Ethics in the More-than-Human World


From Jane Addams to contemporary theorists, much has been written on pragmatist ethics from a feminist perspective. In this chapter, I expand on that work to inform an environmental ethic grounded in a pragmatist feminist conception of the self as fundamentally related to other parts of the social and natural environment. From Addams’s account of “fi lial relations” to Nel Noddings’s ethic of care, I’ll argue that a fruitful and robust feminist approach to the environment can be cultivated from roots in the American tradition, and that such a standpoint serves as a useful foundation in discussions of environmental policy.