PHIL 286 - Second Year Seminar in Philosophy
Fall 2016, Section 001 - Privilege, Race, and Gender
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Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Contemporary social and political discourse often makes reference to the existence and effects of privilege, and especially privilege tied to racial and gender identity. In this seminar, we will use philosophical tools to take a critical look at talk of privilege. We will ask questions such as:

  • what does it mean for a person or group to be privileged?
  • Is privilege a helpful way of discussing the distribution of advantage and disadvantage, or does it distort reality or obscure deeper problems?
  • Does privilege prevent those who enjoy it from understanding things that the disadvantaged can understand?
  • What should be done about the existence of privilege, either by the privileged themselves, the disadvantaged, or by society collectively?

Topics may include the concepts of race and gender, identity politics, equality of opportunity, reparations, affirmative action, pornography, hate speech, integration and busing.

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Open to 2nd year students only. No prior familiarity with philosophy will be presumed.

Class Format:

two 1.5hr seminar meetings/week


PHIL 286 - Second Year Seminar in Philosophy
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM

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