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Classifying women : a solution to the feminist problem of universals

Mikkola, Mari Johanna (2006) Classifying women : a solution to the feminist problem of universals. PhD thesis, University of Sheffield.

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In this thesis I aim to make sense of the class of women. Gender classification is an issue that has become central to recent feminist philosophy. In particular, many feminist philosophers have begun asking, how can gender classes be made sense of for feminist political purposes. I will first show why this question is important and why feminist philosophers have come to view gender classification as problematic (chapter 1). I then consider four recent feminist responses to this issue suggested by Marilyn Frye, Iris Marion Young, Natalie Stoljar and Sally Haslanger. I argue that all four responses are inadequate in various ways (chapters 2-5). I then go on to suggest a way in which this issue can be more successfully responded to (chapter 6). In doing so, I draw from the works of G. W. F. Hegel and David Armstrong.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Arts and Humanities (Sheffield) > Philosophy (Sheffield)
Identification Number/EthosID: uk.bl.ethos.425230
Depositing User: EThOS Import Sheffield
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2019 11:44
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2019 11:44
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/21795

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