This course is an introduction to contemporary feminist philosophy, taught in a seminar format. Questions we will consider include: what is the relationship between sex and gender? How has the discipline of philosophy traditionally understood women, and presupposed a particular attitude toward gender? What are liberal feminism, radical feminism, Marxist feminism, multi-cultural feminism, postmodern feminism, and how do they differ from one another? What are some important arguments made by feminist ethicists and feminist epistemologists? How are contemporary feminist philosophers contributing to the debate on micro-inequities and implicit bias? Students will gain familiarity with current feminist philosophical scholarship while developing their own scholarly abilities and skills of critical analysis.
- Teacher: Elizabeth Sperry