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PHIL2685: Unruly Women

2023 unit information

We are often told that until the mid-twentieth century women made no substantial contributions to philosophical movements and agendas. The aim of this unit is to challenge this assumption. We will explore the works of women philosophers from the ancient to the modern period and show how they participated in contemporary debates and shaped philosophical agendas in exciting and radical ways. We will consider the reasons why women have been continually marginalized in the history of philosophy, investigate the notion of a philosophical canon, and assess how our practices as philosophers have contributed to this marginalization.

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Code PHIL2685
Academic unit Philosophy
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 1000 level in Philosophy or 6 credit points at 1000 level in Philosophy and 6 credit points at 1000 level in Gender Studies or Ancient History or History

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Demonstrate an understanding of key figures in the history of women in philosophy
  • LO2. Engage critically with notion of a philosophical canon
  • LO3. Identify the relationships between key figures discussed and wider philosophical movements
  • LO4. Analyze complex philosophical texts from a range of traditions and historical time periods
  • LO5. Engage charitably with ideas in the history of philosophy which may differ greatly from our own

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Semester 2 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
There are no availabilities for previous years.

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