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PHIL 123 Philosophy and Feminism

Catalogue Description
Study of feminist perspectives on important philosophical questions. Examples of the questions treated are: mind-body dualism; reason and emotion; the fact/value distinction; the nature of the public and private realms; equal rights; and whether knowledge is intrinsically "gendered." Different feminist perspectives will be considered and compared with traditional approaches to these questions.

Note: There are no official pre-requisites for this course, but there will be a general expectation of familiarity with philosophical concepts and methods. This course is intended as an elective for the Philosophy major. Students will be expected to read considerable amounts of complex and technical material, write cogently and lucidly on difficult theoretical issues, and to come prepared to participate thoughtfully in class discussion.

"In my heart, I think a woman has two choices: either she's a feminist or a masochist." 
—Gloria Steinem

"Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent." 
—Eleanor Roosevelt

"I do not wish them to have power over men, but over themselves. "
— Mary Wollstonecraft



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Syllabus (pdf)

Grading Policy
Course Policies (Must Read!)
Department Writing Guide

All required readings and course assignments are found at our Blackboard course page.
Academic Honesty Policy
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Homework — Due 1st class meeting!
Overall, Intro (pdf)
Superson, Intro (pdf)
Fricker, Intro (pdf)
Haslanger, Intro (pdf)

Women of Philosophy
APA Committee on the Status of Women
What is it like to be a woman in philosophy?

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Updated: 21 January, 2014