Fall 2014  |  GWSS 5122 Section 001: Philosophy and Feminist Theory (35288)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Meets With:
GWSS 4122 Section 001
PHIL 4622 Section 001
PHIL 5622 Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
09/02/2014 - 12/10/2014
Wed 04:00PM - 06:30PM
UMTC, East Bank
Walter W Heller Hall 731
Course Catalog Description:
Encounters between philosophy/feminism. Gender's influence in traditional philosophical problems/methods. Social role of theorist/theorizing as they relate to politics of feminism.
Class Description:
This course explores questions of realism and objectivity, specifically concerning identity, by bringing together three (overlapping) lines of theorizing: work in literary theory under the heading of "post-positivist realism," critical race theory, and Wittgensteinian feminist theory. The genesis for the course was my discovery that a paper of mine from the 1970's had provided a central example for a 1993 paper of Satya Mohanty's that is the germinal work in post-positivist realism. A 2000 collection of papers articulating that position is one of the core texts for our class, along with some of the work that (totally independently) I have been doing in the 30 years since my original paper, and some of the work (in philosophy and critical race theory) that has influenced me. My hope is that this triangulation will shed light on a central issue in philosophy and feminist theory, namely, how to make sense of truth claims (especially those that seem to be needed for effective political critique and activism) without appeal to problematically foundationalist metaphysics and epistemology.
55% Reports/Papers
45% Reflection Papers Other Grading Information: web and in-class participation can improve one's grade
Exam Format:
Class Format:
40% Lecture
60% Discussion
75 Pages Reading Per Week
15-20 Pages Writing Per Term
5 Paper(s)
Other Workload: Web-posted responses to the reading & threaded discussions
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
9 March 2012

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