This thesis is situated at the intersection of feminist political theory, identity politics
and moral philosophy. Its broader aim is to show the positive consequences of
returning the self and its inner activity to the ethical domain for feminist identity
politics. To this end, it brings feminist identity politics into dialogue with
contemporary developments in virtue ethics, in particular Christine Swanton’s
pluralistic virtue ethics. As its starting point, it takes issue with the tendency to
reduce the complexity of identity to issues of category. The first part of the thesis
problematises this tendency and argues for a reconsideration of ...