PHIL 271
Woman as "Other"
Last Offered Spring 2007
Division II Writing Skills Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed WGST 271 / PHIL 271
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

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At mid-century, Simone de Beauvoir, existential philosopher and perhaps the greatest feminist theorist of the twentieth century, described woman as “living in a world where men compel her to assume the status of the Other.” At the same time, Beauvoir asserts: “One is not born a woman, one becomes one.” How, given their objectification, can women become subjects for themselves? Is authenticity even possible? Must the relation between self and other inevitably be one of objectification and domination? Is reciprocity and mutuality in self-other relations possible? In our efforts to deepen our understanding of these important philosophical questions, questions that have been at the center of social and political thought at least since Hegel introduced the dialectic of master and slave, we will engage in close readings of writings by Beauvoir (including autobiography and biography), as well as philosophers responding to her–Frantz Fanon, Luce Irigary and Judith Butler. This course has been designated EDI because it explores identity formation under conditions of inequality.
The Class: Format: tutorial; students will work in pairs
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 3027
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: each student will write/present orally a 5-page essay every other week; those not presenting essays will prepare oral critiques of partners' essays; evaluation based on written work, oral presentations of essays and critiques
Prerequisites: one course in either Philosophy or Women's and Gender Studies
Enrollment Preferences: current and prospective Philosophy and Women's and Gender Studies majors
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
WGST 271 Division II PHIL 271 Division II
Attributes: AMST Critical and Cultural Theory Electives
WGST Feminist Theory Courses

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  • PHIL 271 - TUT Woman as "Other"
    PHIL 271 TUT Woman as "Other"
    Division II Writing Skills Exploring Diversity Initiative
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