Virginia Held

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Virginia Held
Born Virginia Potter Held
28 October 1929
Mendham, New Jersey
Institutions Columbia University, Hunter College, CUNY Graduate Center
Main interests Ethics of care, Feminist ethics, Morality of political violence

Virginia Potter Held (born 28 October 1929), Mendham, New Jersey[1] is a leading moral, social/political and feminist philosopher whose work on the ethics of care sparked significant research into the ethical dimensions of providing care for others and critiques of the traditional role of women in society.[2][3][4] Held defends care ethics as a distinct moral framework from Kantian, utilitarian and virtue ethics.[2] Held's work on the morality of political violence viewed through the window of ethics of care has also been significantly influential.[5]

Held was named Distinguished Professor at the City University of New York – Graduate Center and Hunter College in 1996, received her Ph.D. in philosophy from Columbia University in 1968 and worked at Hunter College as lecturer (1965–69), assistant professor (1969–72), associate professor (1973–77) and full professor from 1977 to her retirement in 2001. She was affiliated with the CUNY Graduate Center in 1973, and served as deputy executive officer of the Philosophy program at the CUNY Graduate Center from 1980-1984. She also served as president of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association in 2001-2002.[6]

Books[edit]

  • Held, Virginia (1970). The public interest and individual interests. New York: Basic Books. ISBN 9780465067732. 
  • Held, Virginia; Morgenbesser, Sidney; Nagel, Thomas (1974). Philosophy, morality, and international affairs: essays edited for the Society for Philosophy and Public Affairs. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195017595. 
  • Held, Virginia (1989). Rights and goods: justifying social action. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 9780226325880. 
  • Held, Virginia (1993). Feminist morality : transforming culture, society, and politics. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 9780226325934. 
  • Hunter College Women's Studies Collective, Virginia Held et al. (2005). Women's realities, women's choices: an introduction to women's studies (third ed.). New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195150353. 
  • Held, Virginia (2006). The ethics of care: personal, political, and global (second ed.). Oxford New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195325904. 
  • Held, Virginia (2008). How terrorism is wrong: morality and political violence. Oxford New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195329599. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ Karen, Kovach (2005), "Held, Virginia Potter (1929–)", in Shook, John R., The dictionary of modern American philosophers (4 volume set), Bristol: Thoemmes Continuum, pp. 1083–1084, ISBN 9781843710370 
  2. ^ a b Saunder-Sault, Maureen (2011). Care Ethics. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 
  3. ^ Tong, Williams, Rosemarie, Nancy (2009). Feminist Ethics. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 
  4. ^ Smiley, Marion (June 1999). "Norms and Values: Essays on the Works of Virginia Held.(Review)". American Political Science Review  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "How Terrorism Is Wrong: Morality and Political Violence". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  6. ^ Held, Virginia. "Virginia Held Curriculum Vitae". Retrieved 25 June 2013.