Feminism without the War of the Sexes
26 April 2017
UAntwerp, Stadscampus, R.014 - Rodestraat 14 - 2000 Antwerpen (route: UAntwerpen, Stadscampus
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Antwerp Philosophy Lecture by Prof Stephen Buckle
In the series Antwerp Philosophy Lectures, the Department of Philosophy honours Antwerp's reputation as a haven for international thinkers and a city where ideas can freely be shared. Renown speakers shed light on philosophical themes, adapted to a wide audience.
Speaker Prof. dr. Stephen Buckle
Feminism is the defining movement of our times, but it remains divisive. The problem is that the appeal of its broad claims is undermined by its theoretical commitments, which are effective as politics but implausible as social explanation. The basic problem is the assumption of a fundamental opposition between male and female interests - an assumption that survives only because of a lack of a plausible alternative. This lecture will propose such an alternative, and thereby remove the air of "sex warfare" that feminism so regularly invokes.
Stephen Buckle was educated in Sydney and Canberra, and has lectured in philosophy in universities in Australia, England and Germany. He is the author of Natural Law and the Theory of Property: Grotius to Hume (Oxford, 1991) and Hume's Enlightenment Tract: The Unity and Purpose of An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding (Oxford, 2001). He has also contributed articles to public journals on contemporary moral and social issues. He is at present a visiting professor at the University of the Saarland and the University of Luxembourg.
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