Hume, Moral Philosophy and Psychological Oppression Argumentative Essay by HeatherB

Hume, Moral Philosophy and Psychological Oppression
An application of David Hume's moral philosophy to the concept of psychological oppression as described by Sandra Bartky.
# 91409 | 1,477 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2006 | US

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This paper discusses how oppression of all forms, whether based on race, sex, or another arbitrary characteristic, by the Humean conception is always morally wrong. It looks at how Hume identifies justice as an artificial virtue that has the sole purpose of restraining individuals' base impulses for the communal benefit. It also argues that discriminatory oppression is unjust because it does not have the import of natural morality, nor is it in the service of the communal interest.

From the Paper:

"In the perpetration of psychological oppression, there exists a naturally vicious quality that Humaen principles identify as morally wrong. Psychological oppression, as conceptualized within a feminist framework by Sandra Bartky, is a cruel authority exerted by the force of one's own ideas. Bartky originated the concept to describe the process by which women internalize and perpetuate their subordinate status with a patriarchal society, though it is applicable to any arbitrarily subordinated population. Psychological oppression effectually facilitates the continued acquiescence to an unjust power that resided outside of the self, a power that is the original source and beneficiary of the self-oppressing ideas, such as stereotypes and essentialized inferiority. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bartky, Sandra Lee. Femininity and Domination: Studies in the Phenomenology of Oppression. New York: Routledge, 1990.
  • Hume, David. Treatise of Human Nature. Eds. David Fate Norton and Mary J. Norton. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

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