Postgraduate Course: Metaphysical and Epistemological Issues in Feminism MSc (PHIL11165)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course will introduce and examine metaphysical and conceptual issues related to feminist philosophy.
Shared with undergraduate course Metaphysical and Epistemological Issues in Feminism PHIL10164
For courses co-taught with undergraduate students and with no remaining undergraduate spaces left, a maximum of 8 MSc students can join the course. Priority will be given to MSc students who wish to take the course for credit on a first come first served basis after matriculation.
In this course we will critically examine theoretical frameworks for thinking about gender and inequality. A feminist approach to philosophy may demand new concepts, and a new account of old concepts. We will cover topics such as the metaphysics of gender: whether gender is real, innate, socially constructed, a useful concept, and so on; the nature and mechanisms of oppression, and whether we can understand oppression without thinking about intersectionality; the nature of false consciousness, and other feminist issues in social epistemology.
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate analytical skills in engaging with philosophical texts.
- Acquire a critical understanding of the concepts being used in historical and contemporary work in feminist philosophy.
- Analyse strengths and weaknesses of various theoretical frameworks.
Brownstein, M. & Saul, J (eds.), (2015) Implicit Bias and Philosophy. OUP
Cudd, Ann. (2006). Analysing Oppression. New York: Oxford University Press.
de Beauvoir, Simone. (1949) The Second Sex trans. H. M. Parshley. Vintage Books, 1989. (selections)
Fricker, Miranda (2007). Epistemic Injustice: Power and the Ethics of Knowing. Oxford University Press.
Haslanger, Sally (2012). Resisting Reality: Social Construction and Social Critique. Oxford University Press.
Hackett, Elizabeth & Haslanger, Sally (eds.) (2005). Theorizing Feminisms: A Reader. Oxford University Press
Jenkins, Katherine, 'Amelioration and Inclusion: Gender Identity and the Concept of Woman', Ethics Vol. 126, No. 2 (January 2016), pp. 394-421
Khader, Serene J. (2011). Adaptive Preferences and Women's Empowerment. OUP.
Langton, Rae (2009) Sexual Solipsism. Oxford University Press.
Mari Mikkola. 'Gender Concepts and Intuitions', Canadian Journal of Philosophy 39.4 (2009): 559-583
Saul, J. 2006. 'Gender and Race.' Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 80 (2006) 119-43.
Sullivan S. & Tuana N. (ed.s) (2007) Race and Epistemologies of Ignorance. SUNY Press.
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|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Reading, understanding and critically engaging with complex texts; critical thinking; constructive oral engagement; essay writing.
|Keywords||Feminism,Gender,Intersectionality,Oppression,Feminist Epistemology,Feminist Metaphysics
|Course organiser||Dr Elinor Mason
|Course secretary||Ms Becky Verdon
Tel: (0131 6)51 5002