Affirmation, Care Ethics, and LGBT Identity by Tim R. Johnston

By Tim R. Johnston

In this booklet, Johnston argues that confirmation isn't just encouragement or aid, but in addition the first mechanism we use to shape our identities and create secure areas. utilizing the paintings of feminist care ethics and the considering French thinker Henri Bergson to envision responses to varsity bullying and abuses confronted by means of LGBT older adults, he presents the theoretical research and functional instruments LGBT humans and their allies have the desire to make all areas, private and non-private, areas within which we will be able to reside brazenly as contributors of the LGBT community.

With its mix of philosophical concept and on-the-ground activist event, this article is going to be worthy to somebody drawn to philosophy, women’s and gender reviews, psychology, getting older, geriatrics, and LGBT activism.

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Spatial thinking is a psychological activity whereby we take duration and freeze it in abstract space. Bergson associates spatial thinking with science and mechanism, whereas temporal thought is philosophical, religious, and often emotional. Bergson was afraid that spatial thought had become too dominant in European intellectual life and popular culture, and sought to bring our attention to the importance of duration. In his critical work he argues that seemingly intractable problems in philosophy and psychology are caused by analyzing temporal phenomena in spatial terms.

Gravity’s effect on the cup is automatic, repeatable, and calculable. The body is a special image known to us as the source of our perceptions and also known from within by affections. The living body is also unique because it is the source of new and unpredictable movements— movements that cannot be anticipated by the laws of nature that control inert objects. I may know that my cup falling to the floor will result in it breaking, but I cannot know for certain whether my cat will give my cup the initial push.

2. See her book Moral Understandings: A Feminist Study in Ethics. New York: Routledge, 1998. 3. Ruddick’s work has been interpreted as heterosexist and essentialist for placing her focus on mothering and using language and examples which suggest that mothering primarily takes place between female-identified caretakers and children. She is quite clear that her account applies to any kind of primary parenting, and is not rooted in gender identity or biological kinship. I believe that her focus on mothering is motivated by the feminist intention to make the work of mothers, who are often women, a matter of philosophical concern.

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