PHIL 406 A: Philosophical Topics in Feminism

Meeting Time: 
TTh 12:30pm - 2:20pm
SMI 407
Sara Goering

Additional Details:

This course, Topics in Feminism, will focus on feminist narrative identity theories. We will mainly focus on questions about what has been called the characterization question of identity. What makes me, me? If I have a relational self, what defines who I am? How do I change over time? What constitutes a threat to my identity? Are others responsible for holding me in my identity? We’ll read work from some of the feminist relational identity theorists (Baylis, Schechtman, Lindemann), and will likely cover the books Staying Alive (Schechtman), Holding and Letting Go (Lindemann) and maybe Aftermath (Brison). I’ll supplement these books with individual philosophical papers and perhaps some narratives. It will be a discussion-based class, with required papers rather than exams.

TEXTS: Staying Alive, Marya Schechtman; Holding and Letting Go, Hilde Lindemann; Aftermath, Susan Brison; We should all be feminists, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Catalog Description: 
Detailed examination of questions raised by recent feminist scholarship in particular areas of philosophy, such as political theory, ethics, epistemology, or philosophy of science. Emphasis varies.
GE Requirements: 
Diversity (DIV)
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Writing (W)
Last updated: 
October 17, 2018 - 9:09pm