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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL2027: Feminist Philosophy

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.

Basic readings include the following sources:

-       Mary Wollstonecraft: A Vindication of the Rights of Women (1792) online at:

-       Harriet Taylor-Mill: The Enfranchisement of Women, (1851), in: Ann Robson: Sexual Equality, A John Stuart Mill, Harriet Taylor Mill, and Helen Taylor Reader (1994), Toronto University Press. See reference at

-       Donna Haraway: Situated knowledges: The science question in feminism and the privilege of partial perspective (1988), Signs Vol. 14, pp. 575–599.

-       Stephen Pinker: The Blank Slate (2002), Penguin Books, Chapter 18.

-       Helga Satzinger, ‘The Politics of Gender Concepts in Genetics and Hormone Research in Germany, 1900–1940’ (2014) Gender & History, Vol. 24 No.3, pp. 735–754.

-       Dephine Gardey: ‘The Reading of an Œuvre. Donna Haraway: The Poetics and Politics of Life’ in: Feminist Studies, May 2014, pp. 86-100.


And sections/chapters from

-       Simone De Beauvoir: The Second Sex. Women as Other (1949), Vintage Classics 1997.

-       Angela Craeger, Elisabeth Lunbeck, and Londa Schiebinger (eds): Feminism in Twentieth-Century Science, Technology, and Medicine (2002), University of Chicago Press.

-       Carol Gilligan: In A Different Voice (1982), Harvard University Press.

-       Seyla Benhabib, Judith Butler, Drucilla Cornell and Nancy Fraser: Feminist Contentions: A Philosophical Exchange (Thinking Gender) (1995), Routledge.

-       Sandra Harding (ed): The feminist theory standpoint reader: Intellectual and political controversies (2004) New York: Routledge.

-       Uma Narayan and Sandra Harding (eds.): Decentering the Center: Philosophy for a Multicultural Postcolonial and Feminist World (2000), Indiana University Press.