Unruly Women: Philosophers, Artists, & Activists (3910.02)
Time: Monday 3:00-5:30 (Spring 2019)
Professor: Kristin Gjesdal
Course description: A quiet study or the rowdy barricades? Contemplative life or activism? Art or philosophy? These are some of the questions facing women philosophers and artists in the modern period. Women philosophers and poets have written on politics, racial injustice, gender, and social issues. And they have sought to translate their thoughts into concrete political action. In the philosophical tradition, works by women philosophers have been ignored. In this class, we will discuss contributions by a number of bright and gifted women whose work presented – and still presents! – a fundamental challenge to social injustice and established conventions. We will also discuss issues such as canon-building, inclusion criteria, and prejudices. The class will be an interactive, discussion-based, and fun exploration of a largely unwritten chapter in the history of philosophy. This an Honors Special Topics Course, offered in the Honors Program.