Hi all,

This week we are going to read the following paper by Sally Haslanger:

“What Good Are Our Intuitions?  Philosophical Analysis and Social Kinds.” Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume, vol. 80, no. 1 (2006): 89-118.

We will meet on Tuesday 1st December at 11am in King’s Philosophy Department, Basement 306. Check here for directions or email me for more details.






I thought that we’d read the following paper, purely because of my own interests (sorry!):

Ishani Maitra
Silencing Speech
Canadian Journal of Philosophy – Volume 39, Number 2, June 2009, pp. 309-338

It’s available here and (in draft form) here.

We will be meeting at our new improved time of 11am on Tuesday 10th November in Basement 306 at King’s. If you don’t know where this is then drop me a line and I’ll send out directions (or look at the previous entry)

There is part of the introduction of the piece below the fold, hope to see you there!

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We are going to read the following paper next week.

Cassidy, Lisa.
That Many of Us Should Not Parent
Hypatia – Volume 21, Number 4, Fall 2006, pp. 40-57

You can find it online here.

We will be meeting on Tuesday 27th October at 11 am (not 10.30am) in Basement 306 at King’s Philosophy Department (directions below).

Here’s a precis:

In liberal societies (where birth control is generally accepted and available), many people decide whether or not they wish to become parents. One key question in making this decision is, What kind of parent will I be? Parenting competence can be ranked from excellent to competent to poor. Cassidy argues that those who can foresee being poor parents, or even merely competent ones, should opt not to parent.

And how to get to the room:

Directions: King’s Philosophy Department is something of a rabbit warren. To get to Basement 306 you need to first get to the ground floor foyer area (marked by a couple of sofas and a coffee machine). If you are coming to the department from the main King’s building you need to take the stairs down if you have an option, this should lead you to the foyer.

From the foyer, find the wall with the staff photographs on it (near the stairs) and the stairs to the basement are to your right when facing the photos. If you have any trouble ask people or email me for more precise details (ie. how to get from the street to the room!)

The Gender and Philosophy reading group is back. For our first meeting this term we will be reading the following paper:

Ferguson, Ann.

Gay Marriage: An American and Feminist Dilemma

Hypatia – Volume 22, Number 1, Winter 2007, pp. 39-57

The paper is available here or here. The abstract is below. We meet at 10.30am on Tuesday 13th October in King’s Philosophy Department, Basement 306 (email for more details).

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This week at Gender and Philosophy we will be reading the following paper:

Bartky, Sandra Lee. 2004. “Suffering to Be Beautiful.” In “Sympathy and Solidarity” and Other Essays, ed. Sandra Lee Bartky. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., pp. 13-29

The paper is available here. The download is reasonably large (~20Mb) so I recommend right-clicking on the link and choosing the “save as…” dialogue.

We will meet at the usual time and place: Basement 306 King’s Philosophy Department, 10.30am Tuesday 24th March

In addition to this I will also be listening to the Radio 4 show “Call yourself a feminist?” at 10.00am in the Graduate Common Room (up the stairs roughly where you go down to Basement 306 on the second floor). This will be the third part of the series and will discuss contemporary notions of feminism, including how the internet is changing the nature of collective political engagement and how young women feel about being called feminists. Sounds like fun!

This week we’ll be reading the following paper:

Moody-Adams, Michele. 1994. “Culture, Responsibility, and Affected Ignorance.” Ethics 104 (2) (January): 291-309

This paper discusses the issue of to what extent the oppressors should be responsible for the oppression.A short blurb extracted from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Feminist Moral Psychology:

“[Moody-Adams] questions whether having culturally induced blindness (i.e., being unable to know, due to one’s upbringing in a culture, that certain actions are wrong) and being unable to question the morality of the society’s practices absolves a person from responsibility for his actions.”

Tuesday 10th March, 10.30am, King’s Philosophy Department Basement 306

Hope to see you there!



Sorry for the ridiculously short notice but, just in case you hadn’t heard, this week we’ll be reading some of Anne Fausto-Sterling‘s (a biologist at Brown) work on the Biology of sex and gender, namely:

Bare Bones of Sex: Part I, Sex & Gender.
” Signs, 30(2): 1491-528

In which she uses a biological case study to draw conclusions about how the concepts of gender and sex operate in science.

If you have time you could also look at the very short papers:

“The Five Sexes”. The Sciences (March/April) pp. 20-25 and “The Five Sexes, Revisited” The Sciences (July/August) pp. 18-23

In which Fausto-Sterling argues that, rather than a binary categorisation of sex, we should be talking about at least 5 sex categories.

We’ll meet Tuesday 25th February, 10.30am in Basement 306 King’s Philosophy Department.

See you there,