Lived Gender and Identity
Danièle Moyal-Sharrock (University of Hertfordshire), Constantine Sandis (University of Hertfordshire)

December 5, 2019, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Anglia Ruskin University

LAB 003
East Road
Cambridge CB1 1PT
United Kingdom


  • Royal Institute of Philosophy


Anglia Ruskin University

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ABSTRACT: According to essentialists such as Germaine Greer, gender identity is a question of biology; according to social constructivists like Judith Butler, it is a matter of performance. Julia Serano has argued that gender identity incorporates both ‘intrinsic’ biological and ‘extrinsic’ social factors. In this talk, we consider these views and alternatively propose an enactivist view of gender -- which we call lived gender -- whereby living life as a woman (or man), and presenting and acting (not performing) accordingly, can be sufficient to qualify as a woman (or man). We explain and defend our position with some help and inspiration from Wittgenstein’s approach to concepts and their relation to forms of life.

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