PHIL/WMST 275.001 – Moral and Philosophical Issues of Gender in Society

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Instructor: Dan Layman. This course meets MTWRF 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in DA 101.

This course will be an introduction to the history, structure, and goals of contemporary feminist thought. Through philosophical readings from the 18th century to the present, we will work to understand how gender and sexuality contribute to the structures of power and opportunity that shape the personal, private, and economic lives of women and men alike. Students will also be asked to consider and assess challenges to various features of the feminist project. Assigned texts will include works by Mary Wollstonecraft, Jane Austen, J.S. Mill, Marilyn Frye, James Sterba, and others.