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180165 PS Ethics, Applied Ethics (2021S)

Einführung in die feministische politische Philosophie

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 45 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 08.03. 16:00 - 17:30 Digital
Monday 15.03. 16:00 - 17:30 Digital
Monday 22.03. 16:00 - 17:30 Digital
Monday 12.04. 16:00 - 17:30 Digital
Monday 19.04. 16:00 - 17:30 Digital
Monday 26.04. 16:00 - 17:30 Digital
Monday 03.05. 16:00 - 17:30 Digital
Monday 10.05. 16:00 - 17:30 Digital
Monday 17.05. 16:00 - 17:30 Digital
Monday 31.05. 16:00 - 17:30 Digital
Monday 07.06. 16:00 - 17:30 Digital
Monday 14.06. 16:00 - 17:30 Digital
Monday 21.06. 16:00 - 17:30 Digital
Monday 28.06. 16:00 - 17:30 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Based on the examination of central works of feminist political philosophy or political-philosophical women's and gender studies, the seminar introduces not only feminist philosophy but also central topics of political philosophy and enables a productive and critical consideration of current, pressing political and social issues from a philosophically grounded perspective.
The seminar will address issues of democracy, ethics based on the radical other, vulnerability, power structures and biopolitics, authority, autoimmunity, postcolonial and intersectional perspectives, and the question of political and social agency.
All these topics will be explored on the basis of texts by Luce Irigaray, Chandra Mohanty, Chantal Mouffe, Julia Kristeva, Gayatri Spivak, Iris Marion Young, Ewa Ziarek, Audre Lorde, Seyla Benhabib, Judith Butler, Anne Dufourmantelle, among others.

Assessment and permitted materials

A presentation of 20-30 minutes and a seminar paper of 15 pages on a text and/or topic discussed in the course with detailed elaboration of an independent approach to the respective topic.
Attendance, active participation in the seminar and preparation of the literature will also be used for assessment.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

Reading list

Benhabib, Seyla: 1996. Democracy and Difference: Contesting the Boundaries of the Political, Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Benhabib, Seyla: 2008. Another Cosmopolitanism, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Brown, Wendy: 2015. Die schleichende Revolution. Wie der Neoliberalismus die Demokratie zerstört, Berlin: Suhrkamp.
Butler, Judith: 2004. Precarious Life: The Powers of Mourning and Violence, New York: Verso.
Butler, Judith: 2015. Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.
Deutscher, Penelope: "Women, and so on": Rogues and the Autoimmunity of Feminism. In: Symposium Volume 11, Issue 1, Spring 2007.
Dufourmantelle, Anne: Lob des Risikos, Berlin: Aufbau Verlag 2018.
Irigaray, Luce: 2001. Democracy begins between two. New York: Routledge.
Klinger, Cornelia: 1997. Liberalismus — Marxismus — Postmoderne. Der Feminismus und seine glücklichen oder unglücklichen Ehen mit verschiedenen Theorieströmungen im 20 Jahrhundert. In: Kreisky, Eva/Sauer, Birgit (Eds.): Politische Vierteljahresschrift. Special edition: Transformation des Politischen und die Politik der Geschlech-terverhältnisse.
Knapp, Gudrun Axeli: 1994. Politik der Unterscheidung. In: Institut für Sozialforschung (Eds.): Geschlechterver-hältnisse und Politik. Frankfurt a.M., pp. 262–878.
Knapp, Gudrun Axeli: 1996. Traditionen — Brüche: Kritische Theorie in der feministischen Rezeption. In: Elvira Scheich (Ed.): 1996. Vermittelte Weiblichkeit. Feministische Wissenschafts- und Gesellschaftstheorie. Hamburg, pp. 113–51.
Kristeva, Julia: 1990. Fremde sind wir uns selbst. Frankfurt/M: Suhrkamp.
Lorde, Audre: 1984. Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches, Berkeley: Crossing Press.
Mohanty, Chandra: 2003. Feminism Without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity, Durham: Duke University Press.
Mouffe, Chantal: 1992. Dimensions of Radical Democracy: Pluralism, Citizenship, Community, London: Verso.
Mouffe, Chantal: 2000. The Democratic Paradox, London: Verso.
Mouffe, Chantal: 2005. On the Political, Thinking in action, New York: Routledge.
Nussbaum, Martha: 2019. Kosmopolitismus. Revision eines Ideals, Darmstadt: Konrad Theiss Verlag.
Oliver, Kelly: 2017. Carceral Humanitarianism Logics of Refugee Detention. University of Minnesota Press.
Spivak, Gayatri C.: 2010. Can the Subaltern Speak: Reflections on the History of an Idea, New York: Columbia University Press.
Young, Iris Marion: 1990. Justice and the Politics of Difference, Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Young, Iris Marion: 2000. Inclusion and Democracy, Oxford Political Theory, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Ziarek, Ewa: 2001. An Ethics of Dissensus: Postmodernity, Feminism, and the Politics of Radical Democracy, Stan-ford: Stanford University Press.

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