Feminist Freedom (PHI2254.01) (day/time updated as of 10/6/2023)

Catherine McKeen

Feminism imagines a world free of gender-based oppression and injustice. But what exactly does such freedom involve? In this course, we’ll investigate the interplay between gender, feminist theory, and philosophical views about freedom. Some prompting questions include: Is individual freedom enough? Does feminist freedom include freedom from gender? Is affirmative consent sufficient for genuine sexual freedom? How do politics shape desire? How does feminism rethink work? Throughout the course we will explore various contested conceptual terrains, such as: agency, affinity, body, equality, difference, desire, freedom, power, sexuality, and work. We will use philosophical tools and methods to come to grips with some of feminism’s continuing critical questions. Likely readings include work by: bell hooks, Talia Mae Bettcher, Ariane Cruz, Andrea Long Chu, Shulamith Firestone, Jennifer Nash, Kate Manne, Amia Srinivasan, and Iris Marion Young.

Learning Outcomes:
• Engage thoughtfully with a range of theoretical and philosophical positions
• Analyze philosophical views and arguments
• Develop your ideas in writing using appropriate evidence and support

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
M/Th 1:40PM - 3:30PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: 2000 , All courses , Day/Time Changes , Four Credit , Fully In-Person , Philosophy , Updates