Filosofisk fredagsseminar, 24. august 2018

—-Bilde: The Rape of the Sabine…, Cortona—-

Fredag den 24. august skal Simon Opheim, Master i filosofi fra IFIKK (UiO), holde høstsemesterets første Filosofisk fredagsseminar. Seminaret vil bestå av et foredrag på omtrent en time, etterfulgt av en pause på et kvarter, og avsluttes med en spørsmålsrunde på 30 minutter. Seminar vil bli holdt på engelsk.

The metaphysician Sally Haslanger has argued that the concept ‘woman’ should be ameliorated to (roughly) mean ‘oppressed female,’ and consequently eliminated as a possible identity. The pragmatist Richard Rorty, on The other hand, has argued that ‘woman’ should–rather than being reduced to what it may mean today– function as an old identity in which to organize groups where it can be created new, positive, identities as women. Their respective positions reflect their differing attitudes to both philosophy and language. While Haslanger is proposing a (possibly) revisionary definition, she is still concerned with getting something right, that is, for her proposed new definition to properly denote something ‘in the world’: the structural oppression of those with female bodies. Rorty is on the other hand concerned with the need for new concepts and descriptions that fits our vision of what reality should be, in this case women’s vision of what it should be. In this talk I argue that Rorty’s view of language shows us that while Haslanger’s proposal is a good summarization of feminist insights, what we really need is a change, not a sharpening, of our linguistic tools.

Tid: 24. august 2018, kl. 18.15-20
Sted: Seminarrom 219, Georg Morgenstiernes hus
Tittel: How should we change language in order to achieve social justice?
Foredagsholder: Simon Opheim, Master i filosofi fra IFIKK (UiO)

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