The course will have two main focuses: (1) feminism as applied to different areas of philosophy, and (2) versions of feminist theories. The goals are to enable students to recognize and appreciate feminist ideas as applied to various areas of philosophy, including epistemology, metaphysics, social and political philosophy, ethics, and the history of philosophy; and to enable students to understand various kinds of and differences between versions of feminism, including liberal feminism, radical feminism, and multicultural feminism. Grading will be based on three papers (each 25%) and discussion (25%).
Readings include selections from the following (required) texts:
A Mind of One’s Own: Feminist Essays on Reason and Objectivity (ISBN 0-8133-6607-0), Woman and the History of Philosophy (ISBN 1-55778-194-x), Sex and Social Justice (ISBN 0-19-511032-3), Feminism Unmodified: Discourses on Life and Law (ISBN 0-674-29874-8), Feminist Theory: from Margin to Center (ISBN 0-89608-221-0)
Background suggested reading that you might find useful: Feminist Politics and Human Nature, Alison M. Jaggar (Rowman & Allanehld, 1983) (ISBN 0-8476-7254-9)