Feminist Philosophy and Moral Theory (FGSS Gateway)|
|Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory|
This course explores the dialogue between feminist concerns and moral theory. It will explore not only how moral theory might support certain central feminist insights and aims, but also why some feminists cast doubt on the project of "doing moral theory." Does the language of existing philosophical moral theories (reason, fairness, equality, utility, human nature, rights) sufficiently allow articulation of feminist problems? If not, how can feminist moral theorists move us beyond the grip of familiar gender-loaded oppositions? After surveying a range of perspectives on feminism and philosophy, we will give a deep reading to three book-length developments of feminist ethics: one from a Kantian perspective, one focused on care, and one focused on virtue ethics.
As a gateway course for the FGSS program, this course serves to introduce critical thinking about the construction of gender and the intersection of gender with race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CSCT)(FGSS)(PHIL)(PHIL-Philosophy)(PHIL-Social Jus)(SISP-Phil Ethic)(SISP-Phil Mind)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Course texts will include bell hooks, _Feminist Theory_; Claudia Card's FEMINIST ETHICS anthology; various historical and contemporary articles assembled into a course packet, and three additional books.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Each week students will compose short written reflections, cultivating philosophical approaches to the reading. Two longer essays, one class presentation, and frequent contributions to discussion are also expected.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course functions as a Gateway to the FGSS major, and also as an intermediate ethics course for the philosophy major.
|Instructor(s): Springer,Elise Times: ..T.R.. 10:30AM-11:50AM; Location: WYL115; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 25||SR major: 7||JR major: 0|| || |
|Seats Available: 0||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 7||JR non-major: 0||SO: 11||FR: 0|
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