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PHIL 6642 Group Identity and Philosophy (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

It is not commonplace to regard someone's race, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, etc., as collective identities. This course inquires into this by examining philosophers' wrestling with such questions as: Why are these classified as identities? Should they be? Is an identity more than a label, a word? How do such collective identities relate to someone's individual identity, to what she identifies with, to how people identify her? Are our identities plural? To what extent is such identity voluntary? Does identity entail norms? How are identities important? Should we sometimes "disidentify?"


Instructor(s): Jorge Garcia

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 07-Dec-13