Philosophy, Gender and Feminism

lfial1390  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Philosophy, Gender and Feminism
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
30.0 h
Botbol Mylene;
Main themes
This course studies some of the central issues in the relationship between philosophy and feminist questions, through a selection of topics such as the deconstruction of the history of philosophy from the point of view of gender, feminist perspectives on autonomy, the body and personal identity, feminist epistemology, issues of ethics and political philosophy relating to injustices and inequalities of gender. Without necessarily aiming to be exhaustive, the course will introduce various philosophical approaches to the topic of gender (analytical, continental, Marxist, liberal, pragmatist, postcolonial, ecofeminist, ethics of care, etc.), their points of convergence as well as their disagreements. The course will be based on a selection of texts from authors who have made a significant contribution to these questions, for example : Condorcet and Sophie de Grouchy, Mary Wollstonecraft, John Stuart Mill, Edith Stein, Simone de Beauvoir, Carol Gilligan, Hélène Cixous, Carole Pateman, Claudia Card, Julia Kristeva, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Marilyn Friedman, Martha Nussbaum, Susan Moller Okin, Nancy Fraser, Eva Kittay, Donna Haraway, Iris Marion Young, Anne Phillips, Seyla Benhabib, Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Geneviève Fraisse, Judith Butler and Uma Narayan.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 By the end of the course, students will be able to deal with philosophical questions relating to gender and feminism in a way which is both informed and personal. Students will be able to :
  • situate a question and/or an author in the feminist philosophical debates ;
  • distinguish different philosophical approaches to gender and feminist issues, and characterise the views put forward by the authors studied during the course ;
  • distinguish the contribution of a philosophical thought on the kind of contribution of other disciplines (e.g. sociology, history, psychology, political science, geography) ;
  • conceptualise a question relating to gender and to feminist topics and define the philosophical issues ;
  • develop an informed and personal line of argument on a philosophical question relating to gender and feminist topics ; develop thinking on this line of argument, take into account possible or existing objections ;
  • explain with clarity, both orally and in writing,  the treatment of a philosophical question relating to gender and to feminist topics ;
  • use the main research tools necessary to become informed about the issues studied during the course; adopt the accepted standards for quotation of contemporary philosophy.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
  1. article feminism encyclopedia britanicca
  2. Simone de beauvoir le deuxieme sexe
  3. Nancy frazer feminism for the 99%, amanifesto , ed Verso 2019
  4. Judith Butler , Trouble dans le genre , pour un feminisme de la subversion , ed la decouverte
  5. Braidotti Nomadic subjects, Columbia university press
  6. Judith Butler , Humain inhumain le travail critique des normes , editions Amsterdam
  7. Micaela di Leonardo , gender at the crossroads of knowledge , university of california press
  8. Judith butler du genre a la non violence , Mylene botbol baum (dir)
Teaching materials
  • " Le deuxieme sexe" , Simone de Beauvoir , "Defaire le genre "Judith Butler
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Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Bachelor in Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Bachelor in Philosophy

Minor in Gender Studies