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Philosophies of Feminsm

PHIL 206 / POLS 212 / GWSS 206
Spring 2012

Lectures: Tu/Th 1:30-2:50, EEB 125
Sections: W/F: (AA) 12:30-1:20, (AB) 1:30-2:20, (AC) 1:30-2:20, (AD) 2:30-3:20

Instructor: Professor Alison Wylie
Office hours: W 2:00-3:30
SAV M396 / 543-5873 /

Teaching assistants:
Amy J. Reed-Sandofval (sections AC & AD)
Office Hours: W 11:30-1:30 and by appointment
Elizabeth Scarbrough (sections AA & AB):
Office Hours: Tu/Th 3:00-4:00 and by appointment

Course description
This course is an introduction to feminist philosophies. We will explore key theoretical concepts and philosophical arguments developed by feminists in response to the forms of oppression that they address as scholars and activists. We focus, in particular, on four clusters of philosophical assumptions that are articulated in very different ways by feminists and that underpin a broad spectrum of feminist perspectives: conceptions of oppression, accounts of gender identity and sex/gender systems, theories of knowledge, and questions of justice. For the details, see the course syllabus.

Assigned readings
Feminist Philosophy Reader (ed. Bailey & Cuomo, 2008): this is the main text for the course, available in the bookstore in the form of a selection of the full text. Here is the Table of Contents. And here is a list of dates and sources for all the articles included in the original Reader: Credits.
Penguin Atlas of Women in the World (4th ed., Seager, 2009): also available from the bookstore.
Electronic reserves: all other readings are available through the ERes (see the link above).

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last updated 19 April 2012