Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Philosophy of Sex and Gender

Philosophy of Sex and Gender
Ann Murphy
Fall 2011 Tuesday 1:45-3:45
This course will serve as an introduction to contemporary work on gender and sexuality in the continental tradition. Beginning with a reading of the first volume of Michel Foucault’s History of Sexuality, the course will progress to focus on the work of Judith Butler, Linda Martín Alcoff, Ladelle McWhorter, Tina Chanter, Gayle Salamon, Moira Gatens, Susan Bordo and Gail Weiss, among others. Several themes under consideration will be: the nature of sexed and gendered embodiment; the challenges that sex and gender pose to traditional philosophical conceptions of the body; the importance of sexed embodiment for our understanding of both morality and politics; the relationship between race, sex, and gender; and the problem of sexual difference and sexual essentialism. The course will be pluralist in spirit; while the majority of the work we will examine falls within the continental tradition, we will be consulting the work of scholars in the analytic tradition as well.
Required texts:
Michel Foucault, History of Sexuality, Volume I
Judith Butler, Bodies that Matter
Ladelle McWhorter, Bodies and Pleasures: Foucault and the Politics of Sexual Normalization
Linda Martín Alcoff, Visible Identities
Course Requirements:
Attendance and Participation
Final essay (20 Pages)

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