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Instructor: Tom Dougherty. This course meets R 12:30 – 3:00 p.m. in PE 2066.

This course focuses on philosophical debates concerning gender. It looks at classic and recent works that address questions like: What does having a gender identity involve? In what ways is gender socially constructed? What is gender essentialism? In what ways are people’s bodily experiences gendered? How do gender categories intersect with other social categories? The course is a seminar that primarily involves discussion of assigned readings. As well as providing an introduction to contemporary philosophical debates about gender, these readings will acquaint students with related issues in other areas of philosophy such as social philosophy, metaphysics, and the philosophy of language.


Prerequisite: 1 PHIL course.