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Feminist Philosophy (PHIL 2215)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 3

Description: This course introduces you to major areas of contemporary feminist philosophy, including the emergence of Latin American, Asian and African feminism. You will investigate the relationship between the mind and the body, the public and the private, and the individual and the collective. Particular attention will be drawn to theories absent in conventional philosophy including the interaction between multiple forms of oppression, specifically racism, classism, sexism and homophobia.

Topical Outline:
1. A global and historical orientation to feminist philosophy, such as: history and critique of the western philosophical canon, feminist theories developed out of African, Asian, and Latin American intersections
2. Survey of major areas of feminist philosophy, such as: the body and the self (ontology); knowing and being (epistemology); self and the other (subjectivity); society, politics and ethics (political philosophy)
3. Examination of a variety of expressions of feminist philosophy, such: liberal, socialist/Marxist, radical, postmodern, postcolonial, intersectionality
4. Application of theories to contemporary issues, such as: family and work, law, intersexuality, feminism and men, abortion, and accessibility

Learning Outcomes:
1. Explain, compare, and evaluate major feminist philosophy methods and theories
2. Analyze feminist philosophical perspectives and apply their theories in a thorough, logical manner
3. Explain how feminist questions and the responses to them are embedded in larger cultural, historical, and global contexts
4. Evaluate their own lives and decisions in light of feminist philosophies

Prerequisites:  ENGL 1110 or ENGA 1110

  • Goal 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Goal 8: Global Perspectives