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PHIL 6486 Feminisms and Philosophies of Difference (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

What does it mean to call oneself (or someone else) a ‘feminist’? In attempting an answer to this question, we will consider efforts to reveal, unravel, and remedy the conceptual, psychological, and economic dimensions of the oppression of women. We will discuss a variety of feminisms – liberal, existential, radical – and their differing approaches to such ‘feminist’ issues as marriage and domestic violence, reproduction and pregnancy, work and sexual harassment, and the science of gender and gender difference. We will examine the relationship of sexism to racism, heterosexism, and class exploitation, and investigate the role of the concept of difference in creating and maintaining structural inequalities.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Cherie McGill

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 19-Feb-16