<history of philosophy, biography> American philosopher born in 1935. In Maternal Thinking: Towards a Politics of Peace (1989), Ruddick argues that focus on preserving, fostering, and training children has a transformative effect on moral judgment and practice. People who empathize with others, teach the need for interpersonal respect, and aim for reconciliation, she argues, can be freed from the violent effects of (masculine) human aggression. Recommended Reading: Mother Troubles: Rethinking Contemporary Maternal Dilemmas, ed. by Julia E. Hanigsberg, Sara Ruddick, and Amy Caldwell (Beacon, 1999).
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