Feminism's Substance, Contested: Evolution and Women's Rights
This seminar will consider turn of the century feminist enthusiasm for the concept of evolution, and the belief that there could be a political and reform potential arising from women’s role in sexual selection. Life, species and progress were among a number of competing terms available to ground a feminism: one can add equality and difference, freedom, justice, rights, duty and influence, fitness, amongst others. The seminar stresses the conflict amongst these terms — focussing on the trio: morality, justice, life — so as to reflect on the “conditions” – and the conditionality- of feminism, and its unstable substance.
Professor Deutscher specializes in feminist and twentieth century French philosophy, and continental philosophical approaches to the study of bioethics, biology and corporeality. She is currently Associate Professor of Philosophy at Northwestern University and is at the IAS as a Fellow for three months (January-March) and is staying at St Mary's College.
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