Feminist Metaphilosophy: What Is It and Why do We Need It?
Giovanna Miolli (University of Padua (Italy))

April 25, 2024, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

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Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj

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Abstract: The aim of my talk is to argue for feminist metaphilosophy as a form of critical metaphilosophy with anti-oppressive and social transformation purposes. As a first step, I will provide a brief overview of the categories used in contemporary debate to define metaphilosophy and discuss their limitations. On that basis, I will propose the notion of ‘critical metaphilosophy’ and examine how and why feminist theorizing on philosophy can be an example of it. I will analyze the main features of a feminist metaphilosophy, highlighting how it contributes to transforming the way we think and practice philosophy toward an anti-oppressive direction.As a conclusion, I will emphasize two aspects: on the one hand, feminist metaphilosophical reflection helps to rethink the categories of contemporary metaphilosophical debate; on the other hand, the clarification of their own metaphilosophical role enables feminist philosophies to reconceptualize themselves.

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