Feminist Philosophy and Moral Theory (FGSS Gateway)|
Spring 2015 not offered
|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)
Course readings for the first half of the semester will be assembled into a photocopy packet. Three monographs occupy the second half of the course. Full-length books may include Kittay, _Love's Labor_, Tessman, _Burdened Virtues_, Langton, _Sexual Solipsism_, and/or Medina, _Epistemology of Resistance_. Materials may also be revised freshly before each semester's syllabus is finalized.
|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.
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