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PLWS 203 Philosophical Issues in Feminism (CORE—Philosophical Inquiry)

(Second semester—odd years/3 credits) 

An examination of some of the primary philosophical issues of concern to feminist thinkers. This course will consider various feminist perspectives on issues in the areas of ethics, epistemology, metaphysics, human nature and politics. It will also consider some objections to feminist perspectives. While a majority of the readings will cover issues discussed by contemporary thinkers, a few historically significant feminist philosophers will often be included. Practical social and political issues, as well as theoretical topics will be covered. Representative issues include sex, gender, reproduction, embodiment, emotion, family and motherhood.