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Seminars in Moral Philosophy Week 2 MT09

Event Name Seminars in Moral Philosophy Week 2 MT09
Start Date 19th Oct 2009 4:30pm
End Date 19th Oct 2009 6:30pm
Duration 2 hours

Janet Radcliffe Richards (Oxford) 'Metaphysics for the management of sex' to be held in the Lecture Room, 10 Merton Street, Oxford - Seminars in Moral Philosophy webpage


Conservative arguments about the legal and social structures for managing the relationships of men and women have for a long time depended heavily on claims about the natures of the sexes. However, even when the arguments of the opposing sides are directly addressed to each other they often seem not to engage; and the root of the problem turns out to lie not in particular detailed claims about the natures of the sexes, but in a more deeply entrenched set of presuppositions about nature and the natural. This confusion characterized the nineteenth century debate about the emancipation of women, and still lies at the root of many political and moral controversies. In particular, it seems to underlie widespread feminist resistance to the enquiries of evolutionary psychologists.

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