Philosophy and Feminism

This course will examine traditional and contemporary philosophical issues from multiple feminist perspectives. Until the late twentieth century, virtually all publicly celebrated and professional philosophers were men. How did the entry of women into philosophy affect philosophical debates about morality, justice, knowledge, reality, mental phenomena, perception, beauty, meaning, or scientific and logical reasoning? We will investigate how demographic changes in the profession and developments in feminist theory challenge traditional assumptions and ideas that have shaped philosophical thinking and scholarship. We will also investigate philosophical writings about specific injustices that people face because of their gender identity or expression.


“The Unknown: Expressing the Attitude of the Average Politician Toward the Woman Suffrage Movement,” from Puck Magazine, Jan. 3, 1912