PHILO/WGS 230: Philosophy of Feminism FALL 2013 Professor Linda Martín Alcoff Office: 1419 Hunter West Phone: 212-772-4970 This course will explore the development of feminist thought from the publication of Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex to the present. We will consider feminist attempts to reveal, unravel, and remedy the conceptual, psychological, cultural, and economic dimensions of the oppression of women. Readings will explore the major feminist positions on the nature and scope of women's oppression, how it gets perpetuated, and possible solutions. We will also cover the relationship of sexism to racism, to heterosexism, to imperialism, and to class exploitation, and we will look at debates among feminists on pornography, cultural and religious traditions, and abortion. We will discuss the feminist arguments about how femininity, as it is currently practiced and understood, is a psychological form of sexist social conditioning. The focus of the course will be on the variety of possible positions and debates within feminism. Course Objectives will include: the capacity to read and understand primary sources; understand some of the central philosophical arguments of feminism and some of the central lines of debate within feminism; understand some of the central concepts feminism has developed, such as sexism and intersectionality; develop a philosophical analysis of feminism of your own.