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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Natural Subjection, Intolerable Evil: Suffrage, the Slave, and the Slave of the Slave

13th March 2007, 17:15 to 18:30, Kenworthy Hall, St Mary's College

In The Subjection of Women, John Stuart Mill argued, “the subjection of women to men being a universal custom, any departure from it quite naturally appears unnatural.” Mill argued that this apparently “natural” subjection should, instead, be seen as a form of slavery, the term “slave” ricocheting throughout Subjection of Women. How can we understand the degree of effort needed to assert a parallel between race and sex? How did alternative perceptions of biology, and of the substance of sex and race difference, interconnect with feminist aspirations, and through what kinds of conflicting “substances”?

Professor Deutscher specializes in feminist and twentieth century French philosophy, and continental philosophical approaches to the study of bioethics, biology and corporeality. Formerly a member of the Department of Philosophy at the Australian National University, she is currently Associate Professor of Philosophy at Northwestern University in the United States, where in 2002-3 she served as Lane Professor of the Humanities coordinating the Humanities Center theme: Gender, Evolution and the Transhuman

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