Can Women Think? A Contemplation and an Invitation

Listen to my talk on the role of women – in society, in philosophy. How can we allow for female thought to have a voice? With an introduction by Professor Hoda Mahmoudi of the University of Maryland. I’m looking forward to your responses, your questions, your support. As the Dutch poet Lucebert once said… all that is valuable is defenseless…

Can women think? What kind of a ridiculous question is that? It is a stupid question, specially if a woman is going to ask it and give an answer, right? Either she cannot think – and whatever she says needs to be dismissed as nonsense. And you don’t even need to listen to me. Or she can think, but then you already know the answer, so why are you reading this?  Continue reading “Can Women Think? A Contemplation and an Invitation”

Can women think?

Wednesday, November 30th 2016, I’ll give a talk at the University of Maryland about the question “Can women think?”

Why are there so few women philosophers? In most fields of the humanities there are about the same number of women as men, yet the number of women in philosophy looks more like those in mathematics and physics. Why is that? Is it because women cannot think? Is it simply because, as Hegel puts it: “Women can, of course, be educated, but their minds are not adapted to the higher sciences, philosophy, or certain of the arts …. The difference between man and woman is the same as between animal and plant.” (Hegel, Philosophy of Right, 1820, par. 166, note)

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Talk on Radical Change now posted online

Tyndall Centre posted an (edited) version of last week’s talk on the need for a commitment to Radical Change: https://vimeo.com/81955038

What is a funny result of having given this talk, is that I for the first time shared this with non-abstract-thinking people, and the way they responded made me aware of the bits of truth in all this (as they confirmed it by sharing their fear and distress). But, it also showed me some of my underlying notions of how I approach the world. I’ll re-read the Object-Oriented things of Harman, to see where I actually stand. Probably I’m an idealist-realist of some sort. To be continued 🙂

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