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Scholars Day 2007, Wednesday, April 11

The "Different Voice" in Ethics Today

In 1982, Harvard psychologist Carol Gilligan published "In A Different Voice". Gilligan argued in that work that women and girls were attuned to a “voice” in morality that was distinct from that of men and boys. According to Gilligan, men and boys are more apt to rely on principles and concepts of justice and rights in thinking through moral problems -- but women and girls are more apt to attend to care and relationships. More than 20 years after the publication of "In A Different Voice", there have been many attempts to develop ethical theories that are more sensitive to women’s and girl’s “different voice”. These have often been classified as “feminist ethics”. In this panel presentation, we will discuss the “different voice” and contemporary developments in feminist ethics.

Presenters: Sara Butryn (Undergraduate Student)
Kimberly Frearson (Undergraduate Student)
Catherine McKeen (Faculty)
Topic: Women's Studies
Location: 28 Hartwell
Time: 10:45 am (Session II)