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Is feminism necessarily trans-exclusionary?

It seems to me that this question is based upon two false assumptions. 1.) Feminism today seeks not to erase the differences between men and women, but to change the perception of everything ...
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How do feminist thinkers justify choice feminism?

Your problem seems to come about through a misunderstanding of what is oppressive about the situation. The oppression resides not in the task but the lack of choice. Then it is much like any other ...
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Is there a flaw in Spinoza's argument about gender inequality?

Spinoza's central problem here, is that it's a circular argument. He is essentially saying, that if women were equal, they'd be equal; as they are not, they must be not. Now the effective way out of ...
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Is this criticism of Luce Irigaray's statements on physics accurate?

In Fashionable Nonsense, Sokal and Bricmont draw on quite a few different bits of Irigaray's work, but the one that is most extensively quoted is her This Sex Which Is Not One, specifically chapter 6 ...
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What is radical feminism? What "radical reordering" does it call for?

Feminism, broadly put, is a political/philosophical movement that seeks to address institutional differences between men and women in society. When feminism began, of course, these institutional ...
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What is feminist care ethics?

Two key articles to read to understand care ethics: http://www.iep.utm.edu/care-eth/ http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/feminism-ethics/ Basic answer: feminist care ethics is a project building on ...
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Is there a flaw in Spinoza's argument about gender inequality?

There is an assumption here that "force of character and ability" is the only trait of a human which leads to their position as a ruler. As long as this assumption is true, his argument is valid. ...
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Is the use of feminist stories sufficient evidence to claim misogyny keeps women out of STEM fields?

Short Answer It depends on your metaphysical presuppositons. What you are asking is a question regarding the normativity of explanation. So, depending on whether you're inclined towards critical ...
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Is there a flaw in Spinoza's argument about gender inequality?

if by nature women were equal to men He's not being clear what he means by nature - it could be many things, including on average that women are smaller than men, or slighter. He's also using the ...
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Is the use of feminist stories sufficient evidence to claim misogyny keeps women out of STEM fields?

Yes, anecdotes are a form of evidence as all experience is a form of evidence. When Portuguese travelers came back from Japan in the sixteenth century and told anecdotes about samurai, those anecdotes ...
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Philosophical feminism and logic

You might try : Andrea Nye, Words of Power: a feminist reading of the history of logic (Routledge: London 1990). Val Plumwood 'The Politics of Reason: Towards a Feminist Logic': Australasian ...
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Is it ever acceptable to go by the principle of "guilty until proven innocent"?

In order to answer this question as stated in the penultimate paragraph, we must first show how a lowering of the burden of proof to a preponderance of evidence constitutes an infringement of the ...
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What did Judith Butler mean by "differential axis of domination" in Gender Trouble?

What follows is pure exegesis. 1. The notion of subject In the first part of the quote, she basically shifts the notion of "subject". Subject in that context is not used as in "...
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What is radical feminism? What "radical reordering" does it call for?

By "radical reordering", they just mean "dismantling of the entrenched patriarchy". In other words, a radical feminist would tell you that our society is so entrenched with ideals, ...
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Should any definition of "consciousness" include its sexual reproduction?

I don't have an answer for you, but some thoughts that might prompt a better answer. I suppose this question can be split into two: 1) is reproduction neccessary for consciousness 2) is this ...
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How do Marxists explain the failures of the working movement?

There are many different ideological lines within Marxist thought and the analysis of the labor's movement problems is defined by these different perspectives. The question thus can be considered too ...
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Is the use of feminist stories sufficient evidence to claim misogyny keeps women out of STEM fields?

If one anecdotal account furnishes an unsound basis for reasoning, so would a million of them. To extract useful and valid data from one million stories would require careful consistency in asking ...
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Is the use of feminist stories sufficient evidence to claim misogyny keeps women out of STEM fields?

Instead of talking in the abstract, let's look at some examples of using anecdotes to identify that problems exist, in practice. In the article Philosophy is for posh, white boys with trust funds' – ...
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What does gender have to do with epistemology?

I don't know the reasons of proposing you that read, but I've found this topic in a casual conversation, also related to the construction of knowledge by white people. I found the subject highly ...
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Should any definition of "consciousness" include its sexual reproduction?

I'm reading Daniel Dennett's "Kinds of Minds" right now and from what I read he has an answer to your question. While he doesn't make the claim that consciousness is caused by sexual reproduction per-...
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Is this criticism of Luce Irigaray's statements on physics accurate?

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luce_Irigaray#Controverses "L’équation E=MC2 est-elle une équation sexuée ? Peut-être que oui. Faisons l'hypothèse que oui, dans la mesure où elle privilégie la vitesse ...
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Could someone walk me through this paragraph on the works of Sarah Lucas?

Is the following paragraph talking about a specific artwork by Sarah Lucas, titled 'Self-portrait with fried eggs' or her series of portraits called 'Self-Portrait'? It's the self-portrait with fried ...
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How do feminist thinkers justify choice feminism?

Let's say your definition of the phrase 'choice feminism' is accurate. I submit that your question falls if considered under certain realistic circumstances. For one, (I assume) you are comparing the ...
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Inhowfar is scientific inquiry modeled on the interrogation of witches?

The are two issue to bring up here (from IEP) (1) you seem to assume that Bacon's visions of science is what happens in reality. Some beg to differ e.g.: [Bacon's method proposals made] the English ...
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