Feminist Metaphysics: Explorations in the Ontology of Sex, Gender and the Self (Feminist Philosophy Collection)

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The present volume is an exciting new collection of original essays by outstanding feminist theorists including Sally Haslanger, Marilyn Frye and Linda Alcoff. Feminist Metaphysics is the first collection of articles addressing metaphysical issues from a feminist perspective. The essays cover central feminist topics including: the ontology of sex and gender, persons, identity and subjectivity, and the relations among experience, ideology and reality. Many of the papers combine cutting-edge feminist theory with contemporary metaphysics and the philosophy of language. The volume is also distinctive in including articles representing both analytic and continental perspectives on metaphysics. The essays are philosophically sophisticated and are primarily intended for a professional audience of philosophers and feminist theorists.

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Charlotte Witt is Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at the University of New Hampshire. Her research interests include ancient philosophy and feminist theory. Witt is author of "Aristotle on Substance and Essence" (Cornell University Press) and "Ways of Being in Aristotle" (Cornell University Press) and co-editor of five collected volumes including "A Mind of One's Own: Feminist Essays on Reason and Objectivity." She is a recipient of grants and fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Book Description Book Condition: New. Publisher/Verlag: Springer Netherlands | Explorations in the Ontology of Sex, Gender and the Self | This exciting new collection features original essays by outstanding feminist theorists including Sally Haslanger, Marilyn Frye and Linda Alcoff. It is the first collection of articles addressing metaphysical issues from a specifically feminist perspective. | Although The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir inaugurated an exploration of the ontology of sex, gender and identity in the mid-twentieth century, the field of feminist metaphysics has been slow to develop. There are a number of explanations for this the more obvious relevance of ethics and political theory for feminism, the suspicion of some feminists working in the continental tradition towards metaphysics, and the assumption that metaphysical theories are ahistorical, fixed, and irrelevant to feminist concerns. A growing body of work in feminist metaphysics has succeeded in dispelling each of these presuppositions by showing that metaphysical questions are relevant to feminist philosophy (Frye, Witt, Haslanger) and that ontological questions need not be divorced from the changing social context in which they arise (Alcoff). Feminist Metaphysics will be a landmark volume in feminist philosophy because it is the first collection of papers devoted entirely to the field of feminist metaphysics.All of the papers will be new and cutting edge. They will cluster around several issues that form the core of the emerging field of feminist metaphysics: the metaphysics of sex and gender, personal identity and the self, and the relationship between ontology and politics. Questions about the metaphysics of sex and gender have been central to feminist writing for the past twenty-five years. Debates over realism and nominalism applied to sex and gender are ongoing and will be represented in the collection. Another vibrant debate in feminist metaphysics concerns how to understand persons and selves. Are persons autonomous, detached decision-makers or are they relational beings enmeshed in bodily, historical existence? How does the notion of a relational self connect to more traditional metaphysical questions like that of free will and determinism? How do traditional criteria for personal identity like sameness of memory fare when considered in relation to sexual violence? Finally, the volume will include papers that address the question of how politics and ontology might be related to one another, and that question traditional responses to it. | Notes on Contributors.- Acknowledgements.- Introduction; Charlotte Witt.- Part I: The Ontology of Sex and Gender.- 1. What is Gender Essentialism?; Charlotte Witt.- 2. Different Women: Gender and the Realism/Nominalism Debate; Natalie Stoljar.- 3. The Metaphysics of Sex and Gender; Ásta Kristjana Sveinsdóttir.- 4. Ontological Commitments, Sex and Gender; Mari Mikkola.- 5. The Metaphors of Being a ; Marilyn Frye.- Part II: Persons and Subjectivity.- 6. The Metaphysics of Relational Autonomy; Jules Holroyd.- 7. Beauvoir and the Allure of Self-Objectification; Nancy Bauer.- 8. A Phenomenology of Sexual Difference: Types, Styles and Persons; Sara Heinämaa.- Part III: Power, Ideology and Reality.- 9. The Politics and Metaphysics of Experience; Marianne Janack.- 10. Ideology, Generics, and Common Ground; Sally Haslanger.- 11. Experience and Knowledge: The Case of Sexual Abuse Memories; Linda Alcoff.- Index. | Format: Hardback | Language/Sprache: english | 515 gr | 232 pp. Bookseller Inventory # K9789048137824

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