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Lectures Series Women in Philosophy Bayreuth

Women are underrepresented in philosophy. The aim of this lecture series is to promote the visibility of women philosophers and celebrate their contribution to the discipline. The lectures also create a friendly space for the public discussion of gender inequality. 

This lecture series is being funded thanks to the support of the Stabsabteilung Chancengleichheit of the University of Bayreuth.

Organisation: Prof. Dr. Alice Pinheiro Walla

The lectures will be held either in English or German and are open to everyone to attend. Join us in the discussion!

Please also see the student-organized Feminist Philosophy Reading Group.

Program Winter Semester 2017/18

18:00 - 20:00, c.t., in H 20 in building NW II. All welcome!

21. November 2017

Emotion and Affect in Feminist Philosophy

  • Dr. Clara Fischer  | University College Dublin

Emotion and affect have long played a central role in feminist philosophy, given feminism’s emphasis on relationality, intersubjectivity, and social situatedness. Questions related to feelings have thus featured prominently across different feminist schools (such as psychoanalytic feminism) and philosophical approaches (including care ethics). This talk examines a more recent development in feminist engagement with feelings, the “turn to affect”, and examines whether this latest conceptualisation of affect and emotion holds political purchase for feminists and how this should be understood in the wider context of feminism’s privileging of the affective.

06. February 2018
Fair Equality of Opportunity in Unjust Circumstances

  • Dr. Anca Gheaus  | Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona 

Fair equality of opportunity is a principle that regulates competition for unequally desirable social positions; it requires that individuals with the same level of ambition and native talent have the same opportunities - or, in different words, a level playing field. In distributionally just societies, the magnitude of inequalities is itself regulated by a different principle - for instance, by luck egalitarianism, or some kind of prioritarianism, or, at the very least, sufficientarianism. By contrast, in certain kinds of unjust circumstances, two joint features render the competition for social positions morally objectionable: (a) the competition is in an important sense non-voluntary and (b) the pay-offs are unjustly unequal. In such circumstances, I argue, there is little if any value to to levelling the playing field. To the extent to which existing societies are unjust, current preoccupation with lack of social mobility is misguided: it makes no moral difference whether one is a victim of injustice due to lack of native talent or due to unlucky familial circumstances.

Sommer Semester 2018

17. April 2018

Epistemic Autonomy

  • Prof. Dr. Monika Betzler  | LMU Munich

05. June 2018

Revolution and Republicanism. The Women Political Philosophers of the late 18th Century and Why They Matter.

  • Prof. Dr. Sandrine Berges  | Bilkent University, Turkey

Past events

Inaugural Lecture “Women in Philosophy”

July 4, 2017 (18:15 - 19:45, room H 17, NW II)

Soft Option oder Karrierekiller? Feministische Philosophie, epistemische Ungerechtigkeit und akademische Praxis.

Während feministische Philosophie im angloamerikanischen Raum (größtenteils) ein etablierter und respektierter Bestandteil des philosophischen Kanons ist, hat dieses Themengebiet im deutschsprachigen Raum nach wie vor einen zweifelhaften Ruf: Für manche ist feministische Philosophie gar keine richtige Philosophie (wobei selten klar gemacht wird, was genau "richtige Philosophie" eigentlich sein soll) und oft wird Wissenschaftler*innen davon abgeraten, sich mit feministischen Themen zu beschäftigen, weil diese ein Karrierekiller seien. In meinem Vortrag möchte ich zum einen darstellen, mit welch diversen und wichtigen Fragestellungen sich feministische Philosophie beschäftigt. Zum anderen werde ich zeigen, dass in der feministischen Philosophie - bspw. mit den Konzepten der epistemischen Ungerechtigkeit oder des Silencing - Instrumente entwickelt wurden, um die Art und Weise, wie mit feministischer Philosophie bzw. mit feministischen Philosoph*innen in der akademischen Praxis verfahren wird, genauer zu begreifen und zu kritisieren. Insgesamt möchte ich zeigen, wie feministische Philosophie dazu beiträgt, dass Philosophie sowohl als Wissenschaft als auch als akademische Praxis über den status quo hinauswächst.


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