Feminist Philosophy

This course will explore some of the influential theories and texts in the field of Feminist Philosophy. Feminist Philosophy encompasses a broad range of inquiry, from familiar political issues to foundational metaphysical and epistemological problems (e.g. what is a woman, and does one’s sex and/or gender provide special access to knowledge?). Our exploration will primarily focus on contemporary engagement with four central questions: What is sexism? What is gender? What is sexual orientation? What does liberation involve?

Required Text

  • Alison Stone, An Introduction to Feminist Philosophy (Malden, MA: Polity, 2007).
  • Estelle B. Freedman, The Essential Feminist Reader (New York: Modern Library, 2007).