SWIP-Hamburg Workshop in Feminist Philosophy: “What is a Woman?”

E-Mail Adresse für Einreichungen: swiphamburg@gmail.com
Deadline: 13.03.2020
Call-Bezeichnung: Call for Papers
Ort: Hamburg
Datum: 09.07.2020
Uhrzeit: 16:00 Uhr
Ende: 10.07.2020 18:00
Veranstaltende Institution: Universität Hamburg

If the aim of the feminist movement is the amelioration of the social position of women, feminism needs to presuppose an understanding of what women are – and how they may be distinguished from men. At least since Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex (1949) the question “What is a Woman?” has been debated in feminist philosophy. It is widely agreed that an answer to this question should avoid biological determinism, thereby vindicating the distinction between the (biological) sex and the (social) gender of a person. The sex/gender distinction, in turn, has led to much debate how to understand the two concepts, in particular that of gender, and critiques of this distinction altogether. This workshop aims to bring together philosophers working in both the analytic and continental tradition, and those with an interest in discussing the question from a historical perspective.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

- conceptual engineering as a method to ameliorate the concept “woman”

- the challenge of how to do justice to the identities of trans women within a concept of woman

- the (phenomenological) concept of the lived body (Leib) as an alternative to both sex and gender


Confirmed speaker:

Esa Díaz-León, University of Barcelona

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